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Science is all about curiosity - the need to look for answers to all sorts of questions. Scientific research has been around for centuries and is still being conducted in various fields. And one of the relatively newer fields of research is human behaviour. It's an interesting subject - also one of huge controversy. After all, people see people all around them, and so, almost everyone has a view of their own when it comes to discussing human behaviour. The study of human behaviour has now advanced from being generic studies to more sophisticated, specific studies, one of which also has to do with relationships. And after intensive research, science has found something that some people do after a break-up, which could be a huge sign saying that person is a psychopath.
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Scientists generally use the term 'sociopath' as it has a little less stigma associated with it. Speaking technically, the 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' prefers the term 'antisocial personality disorder.'
A sociopath is anyone with a lack of empathy. Hannibal Lecter is an example, albeit of the extreme, violent kind.
It doesn't mean that they're murderers and criminals. What it means is that they feel no guilt or remorse, and can't care for others' feelings.
And it has a close conection with romantic relationships.
The theory stems from the fact that sociopaths see people as objects that can be used, and so if one of your exes is still friends with you, there's a good chance that he's a sociopath.
Insensitivity, manipulation, and self-admiration are just to name a few of these traits.
The recent study that has brought these facts to light says that a sociopathic ex will keep his or her ex around only for pragmatic, self-serving reasons. It has nothing to do with feelings.
Break-ups are synonymous with 'ending a relationship.' So if you can't do that even after a break-up, there's good reason to believe that you have attachment issues!
After all, some people might have actual reasons, emotions being one of them.
And so, all you should take from the results of this study is a warning. Simply look out for these signs, and see them as red flags, instead of seeing them as definite tell-tale signs.