In California, having heated arguments with your partner does not always mean things become violent. However, some partners might not be violent but have other unacceptable, even predatory, behaviors. Predatory behavior can include covert actions like stalking or opportunist behaviors such as beating up someone who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
You might never have confirmation other than your intuition about an individual’s predatory nature. However, it’s essential to recognize the signs of predatory behavior, such as the following, to protect yourself from danger.
Violent predatory behavior
Predatory, violent behavior can include stalking, beating up people from certain ethnic groups, or sex crimes like rape or fondling someone in public. The behavior could be a crime of opportunity, but some violent predators will hang around places where they know a suitable target is likely to appear. Domestic violence at home, such as sexual coercion, hitting or controlling behaviors, are other signs of violent predatory behavior.
Personal gain behaviors
Predators acting for personal gain might choose to rob someone, either because they saw an opportunity or because it was planned. Predators acting for personal gain may also try to find sensitive information online that they can use to commit a crime. This type of predatory crime can also include a violent or sexual element, such as robbing someone and beating them.
Lying and moral flexibility
Many predators are skilled liars; you might discover this because they tell you stories of manipulating others through lies they’ve told. You might also hear them sharing untrue stories with others, but when confronted, say they would never lie to you.
Not everyone who lies is predatory, but their behavior implies that their morals are flexible and perhaps untrustworthy. You do not know what this potentially devious person could be hiding from you.
They seem too perfect
Predatory individuals who seem flawless, smooth and too good to be true may hide a darker persona from you. People with psychopathic disorders often become predators and groom unsuspecting people to lure them into a relationship. This type of person might not always be a predator, but they are likely hiding something from you, which is a sign to note.
Awareness of these and other predatory traits can help you stay wary and protect yourself from risky individuals.