A socialized psychopath is in many ways more dangerous than an overtly criminal psychopath.
Why? Because it’s easier to spot a psychopath that is continually involved with the law.
If we consider that 1% of the population fits the profile of a psychopath, then chances are that there are a few in the people that you know, but you simply don’t recognize them…
Socialised or integrated psychopaths are like chameleons in that they blend into their surroundings in such a way that they are not noticed. When I say blend in, I mean that they establish relationships with people around them so that they are able to influence and manipulate others, often without being detected.
Here we have 2 reasons that they are so dangerous. Firstly, they are hidden, and secondly, people do not expect ‘friends’ to deliberately do them harm or to be so evil.