Most people think of a psychopath as a rare creature found only in the lowest levels of society. However, the reverse is true. They are not rare, but actually quite common, and you are more likely to find psychopaths in the boardroom than on the wrong side of the tracks. The reason is that, the more competitive a particular environment is, the more ruthless the use of the Cheating Strategy becomes. Within the highest circles of power and wealth, a lack of pity and remorse is practically a prerequisite to success, and only the psychopathic mentality can thrive. Living at the expense of the rest of humanity would be an impossible situation in a rational society."

In his book, "Defense Against the Psychopath," author Stefan Verstappen outlines the greatest and stealthiest danger in the human jungle. Leaders throughout history - the people we vote for - are rarely moral leaders. For them, lying is as easy and natural as breathing. They have this extraordinary ability to deceive and manipulate others for their own benefit. Masters at keeping people confused and off balance, they are easily able to take advantage of and traumatize life. Their acting skills are unbelievably masterful.

Why do they keep succeeding? Few are able to acknowledge their cold-hearted dealings. So astute is their charm and amazing intellect, psychopaths are easily able outwit armies. Their ability to inflict harm and exploit weakness is so incredibly clever, and hidden, that many people simply cannot deal with it. It is completely unnerving and rattling to face the fact that someone can have absolutely no empathy. This realization is so frightening, most would rather go heavily into denial and fantasize that our helping them succeed is a good thing.

"Because of the tremendous destruction psychopaths reap on society, it is vital for everyone to be aware of their existence and to recognize their behavior traits. Understanding them is the first step to defending oneself against them."

Pick up the book and come clean.