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Dr. Robin Smith says it's not uncommon for women to be seduced by lies and fantasy. She was particularly struck by the extremely short courtship between Eric and all nine of his victims. Anyone can find themselves susceptible to romantic notions; however, "if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true," she says.

All of these women were made vulnerable by their emotional neediness, Dr. Robin says, and Eric was able to "sniff out" that they were weak and vulnerable. These women believed that they were insufficient on their own, so his con was sure to work on them. The goal for these and all women is to repair their spirits and eliminate this feeling.

"[Women are] looking for Prince Charming. I'm always telling people he's not coming! He's the one who sweeps you off your feet, but the person who sweeps you off your feet sweeps you away from your life," Dr. Robin says. "He takes you away from your soul and your spirit. You don't want somebody sweeping you off your feet. Instead, find a way to feel good about yourself. If you want to be rescued and swept off your feet, you're in trouble already."

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FROM: The Man Who Conned Nine Women into Marriage
Published on February 13, 2006

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