Comment: It Has Nothing to Do with Being a Dumbass

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It Has Nothing to Do with Being a Dumbass

The chief feature of psychopaths is that they are extremely convincing. They manage to con even psychiatrists every day of the week -- and the psychaitrists have privy to case files and past histories. Most are even more convincing than people who tell the truth because the psychopath is calculated and exempt of emotion. In that sense, he has the game wired in ways that average, normal people don't even imagine, let alone prepare for.

"He will choose you, disarm you with his words,
and control you with his presence.
He will delight you with his wit and his plans.
He will show you a good time, but you will always get the bill.
He will smile and deceive you, and he will scare you with his eyes.
And when he is through with you -- and he will be through with you --
he will desert you and take with him your innocence and your pride.
You will be left much sadder but not a lot wiser,
and for a long time you will wonder what happened and what you did wrong.
And if another of his kind comes knocking at your door, will you open it?

--from an essay signed, 'A psychopath in prison'"

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
by Robert D. Hare (1999)