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Sunday, May 2, 2010


Do you think it’s easy to spot a sociopath? Despite the man or woman portrayed in the box office thrillers who look as if they’ve just undergone a lobotomy, psychopaths are not for the most part easily spotted. He or she may be a doctor, lawyer, scientist or CEO of a major corporation. They are highly intelligent and charismatic, but have a chronic inability to feel guilt, remorse or anxiety for any of their actions. The end will always justify the means because they are master at the game. Here are a few traits:

 Superficial charm

 Domineering personality

 Expert at spotting a person’s Achilles heel, using it to his or her advantage, then disposing them like bad rubbish

 Great joy in belittling their victims

 Grandiose sense of self

 Feel entitled to certain things as their rights

 Pathological liars

 Lies roll off their tongues in spades

 A deep-seeded rage is at their core

 Friends they make will become victims

 Feign love and joy

 Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remain cold and indifferent at what would upset a normal person

 They are not genuine and neither are their promises

 Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims

 Compulsive need to control and manipulate

 Secretive, trusting no one

 Ultimate goal of enslaving their victims

 May state readily that their goal is to rule the world

 Oblivious to their shallowness

And the whole while, the sociopath will smile, charm you, flatter you and befriend you. But behind the mask, dark evil lurks. They want you for something, and will expertly charm their way into your life. During my psychology classes, the study of the mind fascinated me. It’s a tricky faux. It can bend. It can break. It can snap. In my newly released novel, Mask of the Betrayer, I’ve created the character of Michael DeVeccio to illustrate such a person. Here is a little teaser.

Michael DeVeccio had it all. A billion dollar construction company that built luxury resorts all over the world, a twenty-four room mansion with servants at his beck and call, the most dazzling club on the Vegas Strip, a fleet of outlandishly expensive sports cars, a private jet—and more money than he could use in ten life times. He had it all with the exception of one thing, a son, an heir to his vast domain. And once he found the perfect woman to produce his heir and propagate the family business, the DeVeccio Empire would rule the universe. He envisioned the ideal woman to produce his heir being flawless in every way. Her inner beauty would shine as bright as her outward appearance, she’d have proper etiquette with impeccable manners, and she’d be cultured in fine arts. His perfect woman would be well educated on current events when hosting parties and galas for his business associates. She’d be honest and sincere and loyal to him and only him. And she would not be a woman beguiled by his wealth and fortune. Yes, he mused, taking a final drag of his cigarette. This perfect woman would be angelic and worthy of producing the heir to his kingdom. And the time had come to find that woman. And it would happen. He ruled it so.

Tomorrow’s post will show the excerpt when Michael meets the perfect woman at his Vegas night club. Stay tuned for coming attractions: Beguiled by a sociopath





Mary Ricksen said...

Sharon this sounds so exciting. I can't wait to get my little meat hooks onto that book!
I love a good scary thriller and I am looking forward to some kind of mysterious secrets!!! Ahhh, my favorite!!
Sharon you rock!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thanks, Mary. I think you will like it. Many twists and turns and Michael is one twisted nut. Just you wait. The things he does will leave you speechless!

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Lyn said...

Do you think that a lot of ex-husbands would fall into the category of sociopath? Or is it just me? LOL.

As I read your description of the sociopath, I kept thinking he would do well in politics or TV. I've downloaded the book and now eagerly look forward to making time to read it. Thanks!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Lyn. Thank you for purchasing Mask of the Betrayer. I appreciate it and hope you'll like it. Don't forget to enter the Zorro contest on my website

About the ex-husbands. Hmmm. Let's hope not all of them, but certainly some of them. And you are so right about sociopaths being excellent politicians. From the research I've done on them, they often hold high ranking positions and fool people quite easily by feigning charm. Sociopaths are expert manipulators and need a constant adrenaline spike in order to bestow their power on the world. And the whole while, they draw you in with flattery and a beguiling smile. If a person is too good to be true, they probably are. Nice chatting with you, Lyn! Please let me know what you think of Mask when you're through reading it. I look forward to your opinion!