Three quotes from inmates/patients in the Broadmoor Hospital of England, a high security, psychiatric hospital.
“The problem with a lot of people is that what they think is a virtue is actually a vice in disguise. It’s much easier to convince yourself that you’re reasonable and civilized than soft and weak, isn’t it?”
With his immaculately coiffured blond locks and his impeccable cut-glass accent, he looks and sounds like an authority. “People are as nice as you make them,” he enunciates. “Which, of course, gives you a heck of a lot of power over them.”
Three (and my favorite):
“You see, I figured out pretty early on that, actually, the reason why people don’t get their own way is because they often don’t know themselves where that leads. They get too caught up in the heat of the moment and temporarily go off track. At that point, the dynamic changes.
That’s when things become not just about getting what you want. But about being seen to get what you want. About winning.”
The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Kevin Dutton 2012