While the narcissist and sociopath differ in a few key ways, they largely operate using many of the same phrases and words to manipulate people into getting what they want from them. While sociopaths try to control a person and everything that they do, narcissists are more interested in getting people to devote their time and energy to the narcissist.

Here are five things you will hear the narcissist and sociopath say as they manipulate someone:

”You’re just being sensitive”

One thing that both of these types enjoy doing is toying with your emotions. One second they’re all lovey and affectionate, and then the next second they’re cold and unresponsive. They can spend days and even weeks ignoring you just to see what kind of reaction they can get out of you.

Then, when you finally do react, they write you off as being “too sensitive.” They like to abuse people until they reach their tipping point, and then they turn on them. These folks can destroy even the most balanced of people.

”I don’t like drama”

As you might have learned by now, most people who say they “hate drama” actually tend to seek it out. Nevertheless, the sociopath and narcissist like to praise their victims as being easy-going and carefree. They act as though they enjoy spending time with people who are drama-free, but they have a hidden reason as to why.

What is it? So they can attack you and say that they hate drama as soon as you start calling them out on their crappy behaviors. They create the drama just so they can condemn anyone who participates in it.

”You simply misunderstood what I said”

Misunderstandings happen, sure. But they don’t happen on a regular basis. The conniving sociopath or narcissist likes to drop subtle little jabs and punches that they know will upset you, then they simply shift the blame--sometimes they will straight up deny that they even said something in the first place.

Not only is this abusive, but it’s known as ‘gaslighting,’ and they do it to make you question your own reality. Don’t second guess yourself--you heard them correctly the first time. They’re just trying to cover up their tracks.

”You know you need me / You can’t be without me”

The ultimate goal for either of these malicious types of people is to get you to believe that you simply cannot live without them. They do this by breaking your spirit slowly over the course of days, weeks, or even years. As one might imagine, this is not a healthy relationship to be in.

"You’re just being…(blank)”

Substitute in whatever word you like--crazy, bipolar, jealous, etc. The narcissist and sociopath resort to insults and name-calling when they feel as though they’re losing control of the relationship.

They like to preface each of their relationships by telling their partner about all of the “crazies” that used to be in their life. Exes, co-workers, or friends that used to be in their world, but they got rid of because of how “crazy” they were. You’ll eventually realize that all of these people were probably completely normal--it’s actually the narcissist or sociopath before you that is crazy.

h/t DailyVibes

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This Unique Spanish Home Was Built Under a Rolling Hill and Is Completely Eco-Friendly

You wouldn’t know there was a home resting inside of this rolling hillside were it not for the roof sloping downward over a parked car and bicycles. Known as the Live Garden House, this vaulted home was built into a hillside and features traditional construction techniques practiced in Zaragoza, Spain.

Spanish designers sought to create a fully sustainable home that used locally-sourced materials for its construction. They achieve their vision with this zero-energy structure that lets in natural sunlight, has a natural ventilation system and features a rainwater collection system.

All of its sustainable features are made even better by placing them underneath an undulating green roof (which has plants and vegetation growing on top of it). Not only does the home look beautiful inside, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

And the inside is just as welcoming and serene as the outside. Take a look for yourself!

h/t Inhabitat

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The REAL Reason Barns Are Usually Red

Almost every barn I’ve ever seen has been red, and I never knew why. I mean, I love red as a color, but it never really made any sense why every single barn I’ve ever come across had to be red. There are so many other colors to choose from!

The real reason barns are painted red actually has nothing to do with color preference, and everything to do with practicality.

When the very first New England settlers were building farms, many of them lacked the necessary funds to paint their buildings. However, they still needed a way to protect their barns’ wood from the elements, so they came up with their own solution to the problem: by mixing skim milk, lime, and red iron oxide, they successfully created a plastic-like substance that they could coat their farm buildings with to protect them.

Eventually, paint manufacturers would mix in chemical pigment and red was the favorite due to how cheap it was. And, as with many things in this world, people never sought to change it. So, red was how it began and red is how it has stayed.

h/t Business Insider

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Professor Who Predicted Donald Trump Becoming President Has a New Prediction: Impeachment

Image via: Max Goldberg from USA - Trump CAUCUS

Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as he’s successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election to date, starting in 1984. He correctly predicted the Donald Trump would win the 2016 election and is now making another prediction: Donald Trump will be impeached.

"Now, he focuses on the 45th President of the United States and his next forecast, that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when," said Shelby Meizlik, spokesperson for HarperCollins.

In fact, Lichtman has written a book stating his argument for why Trump should be impeached. The Case for Impeachment is being published by Dey Street Books and will release to the public on April 18th.

Lichtman made the prediction that Trump would be impeached alongside his prediction that he would be elected and his book will go into detail as to why.

Lichtman told the Washington Post this past September:

"I'm going to make another prediction. This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."

It certainly seems as though there is a strong case for impeachment, especially when considering Trump's Russian connections and the multitude of conflicts of interests surrounding his businesses, as Lichtman argues.

Do you think Lichtman’s fortune-telling capabilities will ring true once again?

h/t Time

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6 Bizarrely Beautiful Houseplants You've Probably Never Heard Of

Houseplants are a great addition to any home as not only do they bring a clean, fresh aesthetic to the space, they also help improve air quality. If you’ve ever wanted to bring plants into your home, but think that they’re kind of boring or not worth the effort, try out one of these bizarre houseplants that are anything but boring.

Mix it up a little with these six houseplants that are beautiful, but also a little strange.

Euphorbia Caput-Medusae
Succulents a great option for everyone who’s looking for a low-maintenance plant. They only need watering about once a week and even just once a month during the winter months. The type of succulent shown here is referred to as “Medusa’s Head,” a moniker taken on because of its likeness to the Greek monster with snakes for hair. It is native to South Africa.

The Trachyandra also looks as if it’s some type of snake plant, or maybe silly-string growing out of the ground. This plant is real and you can find it in Eastern and Southern Africa.

If you’ve ever wanted a plant that looks somewhat like it has antlers, grab a Platycerium. This plant, which is often called the “Staghorn Fern”, can even grow on the side of things, such as trees or walls.

Gentiana Urnula
These beautifully-patterned succulents are known as “Starfish Succulents” and are at home in the rocks. These are also a perfect option for those seeking low-maintenance plants.

Sedum Morganianum
These crazy looking plant is often called “Donkey Tail” and its stems regularly grow up to two feet in length. Its leaves are normally a bluish-green and it is native to Mexico and Honduras.

Haworthia Cooperi
This plant looks like some type of glass flower or maybe even some type of gelatin, but these clumps you see here are actually green leaves that simply look as though they’re something else.

h/t Woman's Day

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