Two excerpts

July 11th, 2011

I liken sociopathic charm to the animal charisma of other mammals who are predators. We watch the large cats, for example, and are fascinated with their movements, their independence and their power. But the direct gaze of a leopard, should one happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, is inescapable and tetanizing, and the fascinating charm of the predator is often the last thing prey ever experiences.

Enhancing the animal charisma of sociopaths, there is our own mild affinity for danger. Conventional wisdom has it that dangerous people are attractive, and when we are drawn to sociopaths, we tend to prove out this cliche. Sociopaths are dangerous in many ways. One of the most conspicuous is their preference for risky situations and choices, and their ability to convince others to take risks along with them…Our normal affinity for the occasional thrill can make the risk-taking sociopath seem all the more charming — at first. Initially, it can be exciting to be invited into the risky scheme, so be associated with the person who is making choices outside of our ordinary boundaries.

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout PhD, p 88-89

His angel’s face was only a few inches from mine. I might have — should have — flinched away from his unexpected closeness, but I was unable to move. His golden eyes mesmerized me.

“I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in — my voice, my face, even my smell. As if I need any of that!…As if you could outrun me…As if you could fight me off…”

Face ashen, eyes wide, I sat like a bird locked in the eyes of a snake.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, p262-264

Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga as portrayed by Robert Pattenson

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