The Abuser - A Charlatan

When a potential abuser is looking for a potential victim to control and mistreat they don’t put their true self forward, that would make anyone run, instead they play the part of a snake oil salesman trying to sell a product they know no one would want if they knew what it really was: themselves.

As one would recruit potential victims for a pyramid scheme the abuser looks to find those who will commit so much time, resources and emotional investment that the victim feels they can not leave.

Like a cult leader, the abuser seeks to obtain followers who will listen to the abuser and only the abuser, abandoning any and all outside input in favor of doing whatever the abuser commands and/or demands.