(noun) An exit strategy is how a psychopath begins all his new cons. Before he ever enters the game, he already has a plan, an excuse, an explanation, a story, a scapegoat, a patsy, an alibi and a way out.
At each step of the game, the psychopath considers how he can get out of that step if it turns out to be a misstep. He considers how the story will morph and evolve.
The psychopath’s ability to fantasize is the key to the exit strategy. In his mind, nothing has any meaning, so he is able to assign a meaning or several opposing meanings to any action he takes. These meanings, make up the fabric of his stories and allow him to add twists and turns, change directions or create new threads in his story at the drop of a hat.
His audacity is the other key ingredient to the exit strategy. He will do whatever it takes to achieve his ends, so there is no limit to what he is capable of doing. Any collateral damage is acceptable as long as his goal is attained.
At all times, the psychopath is collecting resources for his exit strategies. He cultivates relationships which he compartmentalizes from his current con job. So if he needs to call in a favor, he’ll have a willing dupe or minion to turn to.
The 180 rule is part of the psychopath’s exit strategy. The reason he misdirects at all times is so that he has an advantage over those he intends to harm. The psychopath’s constant lies are how he keeps people from knowing who he really is. What appears to be fear of intimacy is actually fear of being known. The psychopath understands that it is what he knows about us that make us vulnerable to his schemes and he never wants to be vulnerable to another person in any way.« Back to Glossary Index