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How Corporate Criminal Psychopaths Con Their Victims

How Corporate Criminal Psychopaths Con Their Victims

From Working with Monsters by John Clarke

Summary by J. Scarlet

Corporate psychopaths con their victims in stages, (Clarke, 134).  The first stage involves meeting the victim and bombarding them with so much information that the victim has no time to evaluate it.  The psychopath compliments the victim, who is often selected because of their loneliness or low self-esteem.  During this phase, the psychopath appears very friendly and helpful.  They will establish a rapport with the victim to ensure the victim’s false perception of them is solidified in the second stage, (134-135).

The third stage involves identifying the victim’s needs and emotional weak points, such as not feeling loved or being financially insecure, (Clarke, 135).  The psychopath then creates lies to make the victim believe their needs will be met if they trust the psychopath.

In the fourth stage, the psychopath creates emotional pain if the victim begins to doubt the psychopath’s credibility, (Clarke, 135).  At this point the psychopath may attack the victim for being ‘stupid’ not to trust them.  Since the victim has already imagined that their needs will be met, it is difficult for them to believe they have been conned so they continue supporting the psychopath, (136).

In the fifth stage, the psychopath employs reverse psychology on the victim, (Clarke, 136).  They criticize the victim for their lack of trust in the psychopath and suggest that the victim must lack courage or determination.  The victim loses confidence in their ability to make decisions because they’ve trusted the psychopath to take care of them and it’s proven to be a huge mistake, (137).

Consumer scams are effective ways for psychopaths to deceive larger numbers of victims, (Clark, 137).  The most common consumer scams involve property, superannuation, and investment seminars.  The needs of the victims are generally centered on financial success.

For example, the psychopath creates emotional pain by explaining to their audience that they are not millionaires, they don’t know how to invest, they are financially struggling, etc, (Clarke, 137-138).  Using reverse psychology, they suggest to their audience that it takes courage, determination and trust to invest in their ‘scheme’, (138).  At this point, the corporate criminal psychopath either sells them ‘investment packages’ that are over-inflated or they take their victims’ money and disappear.  It also is relatively easy for the corporate criminal psychopath to use their glib and superficial charm to steal a person’s identity in the process.


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