Donna Andersen is author "Love Fraud—How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan." She is also author of Lovefraud.com, a website and blog that teaches people how to recognize and recover from sociopaths. Her new book is "Red Flags of Love Fraud—10 signs you’re dating a sociopath."
Donna learned about sociopaths the hard way—by marrying one. James Alwyn Montgomery, originally of Sydney, Australia, met her and quickly proposed in 1996. In two and a half years, Montgomery defrauded her of $227,000, cheated on her with at least six women, fathered a child with one of them, and then, 10 days after Andersen left him, married the mother of the child. It was the second time he committed bigamy.
This man had no conscience, no empathy and lied prolifically—which Donna learned, far too late, were the cardinal signs of a sociopath. In 2005, Donna launched Lovefraud.com to educate the public about this destructive personality disorder.
Lovefraud.com now receives almost 2,000 visits every day, and is considered the best source on the Internet about sociopaths. Donna has collected more than 3,000 cases of people targeted by sociopaths, and the Lovefraud blog has evolved into a healing community of survivors. Donna receives many e-mails thanking Lovefraud for saving their lives.
Donna has worked as a freelance copywriter since 1983, and was the original editor of Atlantic City Magazine from 1978 to 1982. She graduated summa cum laude from the Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1978. While at college she co-founded a student magazine and worked at the student newspaper, the Daily Orange.
Dealing with a Sociopath explains how to interact with someone who lies, cheats, manipulates and exploits. Sociopaths, meaning people with antisocial, narcissistic, borderline, histrionic or psychopathic personality disorders, only care about what they want — what you want is irrelevant. If you must engage with them, learn how to protect yourself.
Seduced by a Sociopath explains how millions of people pursuing romantic relationships are charming, affectionate, passionate — and fake. These sociopaths, who have antisocial, narcissistic, borderline, histrionic or psychopathic personality disorders, pursue romantic relationships not for love, but for exploitation. Learn to spot the charade.
Understanding the Sociopath explains, in plain language, the 12% of the population who do not play by the same rules of life as the rest of us. These master manipulators, who have antisocial, narcissistic, borderline, histrionic or psychopathic personality disorders, seem normal at first, but their objective is to exploit you. Learn why sociopaths do what they do and why they will never change.
Love Fraud tells two parallel stories. The first is the true story of Donna Andersen’s marriage to a sociopathic con artist. He took $250,000 from her, cheated with 6 women, had a child with one of them and committed bigamy. The second story is a spiritual journey. Seeking to understand why her life was ravaged, Andersen learned her soul planned the entire debacle so she could return to wholeness.
Charisma, charm, so much in common and sexy too - is your romantic interest a dream date, or a sociopath? Millions of these social predators live among us, and they don't look or act like serial killers. Rather, they present themselves as the love you've been waiting for all your life. This book identifies the clues and patterns of behavior that may indicate your partner is actually an exploiter.