(Injury update & thanks below)
Thanks for the comment "anon" . . . and yes, I suggest go get that book pronto ("Puzzling People"). It will hit you like a thunderbolt if it applies (as in, you are or have been the target of a "psychopath".) The author does not really address the demonic aspect involved, though alludes to it; but he does a great and mind-blowing job mapping out all the methods and means the abuser uses, and it is a huge load off your mind to finally realize and be able to pinpoint what is going on. And he gives advice and a plan for how to get free of the controller.
Now, I would add that there is a danger involved similar to those who finally wake up to ie., the fraud and lies that are the Mormon Church (or other "Christian" impersonating cult). It is one thing to suddenly become aware that you have been subjected to mind/emotional control for years via deceit and manipulation . . . by some person or institution . . . but what all too often happens (in, ie., the Mormon case) is that the victim becomes angry, resentful and disillusioned toward ALL things spiritual or religious, assuming that if the LDS Church ("the one true church") is false, then "all religions are false!". . . . Such people generally become atheist/agnostic/secular humanist and miss the opportunity to at last find the liberating truth of the authentic Gospel.
Similarly, people who escape the clutches of a "handler".... will often flee straight into another psychopathic relationship. Without the strength and clarity provided by the Holy Spirit as one's constant companion, I believe it is utterly inevitable that this will happen again. . . .
Furthermore, without recognizing the supernatural component involved it is too easy to miss the subtle tricks and capacities of demonic pursuit in such cases. When you ARE privy to their reality and do not cavalierly smirk these things away, you are able to see them in operation as they, for instance, pop up and use other vessels (other people in your circle of acquaintances) to draw you back into their influencing orbit.
There is another danger in considering these matters, and that is in focusing TOO much on the demonic or dark side; becoming obsessed or paranoid about it/them. Yes, it can be helpful to know their ways and not shrug off their existence--to be watchful, alert. . . . We are in a battle. We must be like vigilant soldiers moving through enemy territory--for it is when you let your guard down that the enemy finds an opening. But while keeping this in mind and retaining a general poise and ongoing discernment, the best defense is to remain always on the offense. A shrinking, cowering, fearful soldier is bound to fall into traps and only draws enemy fire . . . and the enemy itself deeper within.
Instead, the answer is to keep primarily focused on Jesus, on the Gospel. When you are looking at Him, to Him . . . constantly remembering His salvific and victorious mission . . . employing Paul's advice to "fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable" (Phil. 4:8) . . . then there is no room for the dark ones to enter. They hate the light. Whereas, those who fill their minds with too much thought and focus on dark side things provide a comfortable haven them to take up residence.
It can be alarming when you finally realize how closely the demonic operates in and around you, in and around others and how constant their attempts to influence and seduce are . . . that if you are not anchored in the Gospel, you can become paralyzed with morbid fear and paranoia, which they lust to encourage. But there is a way to very calmly and cooly, with confidence and authority . . . be quite aware of their relentless efforts and presence (in the world about) . . . yet remain in a state of grace and love and power within the shed blood of the Savior--always turning immediately to Him when danger veers close by. They want you to look at them, be drawn in to their agenda. But you stay on the offensive, looking instead to the Lord and HIS agenda. When you stay--through prayer, fellowship, study and focus--on the things of God, you go about with something like a protective force-field of light which the evil ones abhor and stay clear of. . . .
Well, it's been almost 4 weeks now since the ankle injury. I went to the doc. to get some new x-rays to see how its coming and he seemed kind of surprised that it looked as well as it did, considering that I have been working and walking on it for a week or so now, (even climbing ladders..WHAT!...sshhhhh..:) He said, "well you're lucky...it looks like it may be okay without surgery... though I would still recommend it...." . . . .And I thought to myself (Hah! No, not "luck" but the prayers of my friends! ....) I still have to wear the boot for a couple of months to come, which makes things quite hard regarding my work.... But hopefully, it will continue on a good course, precluding any new injuring... I want to thank those of you who have given me advice, and some of you who have helped out a bit mitigate my loss of work ability. It means more than I can express adequately without sounding overly cloying or fishing about..... I know well how hard times are... I live frugally and on the edge but continue to hope that God will put me in a position to be of greater help as the persecution of believers continues to grow under the coming globally oppressive regime......I have my suspicions of how it all might go ... but dare not say more at this time, other than to say I know there will be a remnant faithfully witnessing to His truth all the way through this wild ride. . . . . Anyway, God bless you and thank you; I pray for you . . . and listen to address matter that might be of help.... Take care, stay alert....