I probably don't belong in this group, as my ex never physically harmed me. He was just ALL ABOUT HIM. A narc for sure. He bought me a few things, but when we were together and online he made derogatory remarks about whatever he could find, and if I called him on it, I would get the silent treatment. Or he would ask what was wrong with ME?
Does a psychopath need to do physical harm to be called one? I feel like he might have turned that way if we had lived together, but don't really know. I still think about him even with the awful D&D. Though not so much now since it's been 10 months. Hope the thinking goes away altogether soon!!!
Psychopaths can cause destruction in all sorts of ways. Their harm does not have to be physical. They can destroy a person without even lifting a finger.
They are conscienceless predators who seek to take from others. They will lie, cheat, steal, fake, or do whatever it takes to get whatever they want at any given time. They have no empathy. They can only see the world from their own point of view, even if they pretend otherwise.
People use various terms to describe these predators--such as psychopaths, narcissists, or sociopaths. The term psychopath makes it clear that one is dealing with a monster disguised as a human, and not just a narcissistic, conceited person who spends his/her time looking in the mirror. Psychopaths cause deep and profound harm, and the strong term fits.
Anyway, if you want more general information, please look at the "Suggested Reading" section at the very top of the forum page.