After all, violence is conspicuous, and unless performed against the utterly powerless, such as children or animals, it is likely to get the perpetrator caught.

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Stout notes that contrary to popular belief, not all sociopaths are violent. Many sociopaths deliberately escape accountability and fly under the radar because they do not use physical violence. Instead, their ability to inflict psychological harm is what enables them to exploit others - and it is the covert nature of their tactics that make them so dangerous.