Why we fall for the con

All of us who have been conned by sociopaths ask ourselves, why did I fall for it? How could I have been so stupid to trust him (or her)?

Well, it turns out that there’s a chemical reason—oxytocin. According to an article on Psychologytoday.com:

Social interactions engage a powerful brain circuit that releases the neurochemical oxytocin when we are trusted and induces a desire to reciprocate the trust we have been shown—even with strangers.

Read How to run a con, on Psychologytoday.com.

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There are some great articles in psychology today, which are easily reached via this link to the one article about oxytocin.

It is easy to go from one GREAT article to another on this on line version of the “magazine.”

Many of the subjects we discuss here have some very interesting articles on them located there.


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