Signs of dating a con artist
With their smarts, charm, and daring, con artists have been proven to be an endless source of fascination in entertainment, including films like 2001’s Heartbreakers, which focuses on a mother-daughter con team played by Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt, American Hustle, Catch Me If You Can, and 2015’s Focus, in which Will Smith and Margot Robbie portray master manipulators.Unfortunately, the same characteristics that make them so much fun to watch onscreen are the same traits that make them dangerous in real life.
being manipulative, devious, aggressive, etc.), it seems that it takes the right set of circumstances for them to actually get into the confidence game.
“Con artists are often the best marks because they think themselves immune,” she explains. Con artists may be willing to disregard the truth, but according to Konnikova, it’s not due to any compulsive need.
They differ from pathological liars, who lie as “a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.” Instead, their lies are very calculated and strategic, told with the purpose of moving their plan forward.
There’s a lot that’s compelling about con artists, but only when you don’t have the misfortune of being their mark.
In the new book, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It…Every Time , author Maria Konnikova examines how human nature drives con artists, along with how it makes them adept at preying upon others.