Dangerous Mind Games: How Psychopaths Manipulate and Deceive
We’ve all been burned by psychopaths largely because we fell for their lies and their lines. The better informed people are with their techniques of deception, the more they can recognize them and protect themselves against them. A psychopath gets you within his power largely through deception. As Cleckley noted in The Mask of Sanity, the main reason why people are easily taken in by their lies is not because the lies themselves are that convincing, but because of the psychopaths’ effective rhetorical strategies. What are those?
Does this mean all politicians and media mongers are psychopaths. They use rhetorical fallacies quite well. Perfectly professional and well practiced techniques used to deceive us all.