Early Scrooge and Draper appear "normal" enough, if unsavory, to be representative of mainstream society, yet we are aware of a low-grade pathology at work. Bateman would drive off the cliff, laughing maniacally.
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"Astute perception and sly wit" -- who wouldn't sign up for that? And how about a lack of a "serviceable denial mechanism?" Sounds good to me! Doesn't everyone aspire to these qualities?
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