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Glib and superficial charm[1] is "the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile." The phrase often appears in lists of attributes of psychopathic personalities.[2][3] According to Hare, "Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything."[1] The term also occurs in Hotchkiss' discussion of narcissism[4]: "Their superficial charm can be enchanting."

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  1. Hare's checklist, as cited in Psychopathy: antisocial, criminal, and violent behavior. Theodore Millon, Erik Simonsen, Morten Birket-Smith, Roger D. Davis NY: Guilford P 2002 p 173
  2. Cleckley, Hervey (1988). The Mask of Sanity (5th ed.). Emily S. Cleckley. ISBN 0-9621519-0-4. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  3. The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised by Robert D. Hare, 1991. Multi-Health Systems, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, New York, USA, 14120-2060
  4. Hotchkiss, Sandy & Masterson, James F. Why Is It Always About You? : The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism (2003)

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