Many of us, at one time or another, may have questioned whether we had, in fact, chosen a “crazy person,” as a partner, but author Jen Waite knows what it’s like to be married to a real psychopath, says Emalie Marthe.

“Psychopathy is among the most difficult disorders to spot. The psychopath can appear normal, even charming. Underneath, he lacks conscience and empathy, making him manipulative, volatile and often (but by no means always) criminal,” says Psychology Today.

For years, Waite was an actress and model living the high life in New York City with “her adoring husband, beloved step-son, and brand new baby,” says Marthe. But soon after giving birth, she discovered that her husband had been having an affair for months. She also discovered that her husband was a true psychopath— a person capable of lying without remorse and one who refused to acknowledge or take responsibility for his actions.

In  her new memoir, A Beautiful, Terrible Thing, Waite chronicles the collapse of her marriage and the aftereffects of life with a literal psychopath. She also spoke to Broadly about how women might pick up on some serious red flags.

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