insanesanity6 saidIt's a bit difficult to find psychopaths that are actually successful at manipulation. There have been geniuses out there that have had a long spree of killings but those are a few in a dozen and the truly intellect. For Example: Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Dahmer, Hillside Strangler... These I would say in a twisted kind of way are the most attractive, but most psychos tend to be idiots. The infamy makes them seem bigger than what they are.
Most criminologists would disagree with you. Psychopathology as a term has been deemed obsolete and is generally only adopted in ciminology as a term to describe people with borderline personality disorder and certain types of schizophrenia, both of which imply exteremely intelligent, charismatic and manipulative people.
Not in psychiatry though... soicopathic personality disorder (not psychopathology) has absolutely nothing to do with schizophrenia or borderline...
borderlines are overly emotional and unpredictably dramatic in an exaggerated fashion
schizophrenics are emotionally flat and socially withdrawn with possible delusions
sociopaths are unemotional, but charismatic and socially manipulative
The three have literally nothing in common!!!