Chance are, you've met at least one psychopath.
It's believed that four percent of the population, living outside of a correctional facility, are able to exploit others without feeling sorry or the least bit remorseful. Inside of a prison, though, that figure is much higher.
Psychopaths are able to con people because they typically gave the gift of gab. They are engaging and funny. Sometimes they couple this with a "poor me" story, so, in addition to the fact we may find them amusing, we also want to help them. These two traits are often an irresistible draw that result in us becoming hooked.
This wonderful new person who's just entered your life seems to be everything you're looking for, in a friend, a romantic partner or a business associate.
In addition, highly manipulative people seem to possess an uncanny ability to read people. They appear to be able to do this much better than the rest of us. Since a psychopath is able to "understand" us so well, we feel comfortable in their presence. Even though we've only known them for a little while, the relationship progresses at a breakneck pace.
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