|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2013|
|Number of Pages:||302|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.94|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 8.5 x 1.0|
|Author's Note||p. ix|
|Psychological Evaluation Excerpt||p. xi|
|I'm a Sociopath and So Are You||p. 1|
|Diagnosis: Sociopath||p. 25|
|We're Creepy and We're Kooky||p. 59|
|Little Sociopath in the Big World||p. 97|
|I'm a Child of God||p. 124|
|Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers||p. 157|
|Emotions and the Fine Art of Ruining People||p. 199|
|Love Me Not||p. 227|
|Raising Cain||p. 265|
Thomas, a diagnosed sociopath, begins this part study of soc io pathy, part confessional memoir with narcissistic descriptions of personal style and grooming habits that develop into a complex and layered self-portrait. She describes growing up in a large Mormon family and how her religious practices continued into adulthood, her time as both a music and law student, and how lacking empathy affected all stages of her life, notably her experience with making friends and enemies.
Noncriminal sociopaths are, Thomas says, "hidden in plain sight", and her account of this experience doesn't bother with political correctness. She writes with blunt, witty insight on human behavior, particularly sexuality, and is strangely endearing. She smartly overlooks the potential damage to her reputation if a student or colleague reading the book recognized her as the author. Yet the story is too convincing to be a fabrication, and a sociopath isn't likely to feel remorse for expounding intimate details to she'd light into the kind of life lived by four percent of the American population.
Verdict: A page-turner with broad appeal. Some material has previously appeared on the author's biog, sociopath world.com; fans will find an enjoyable companion in The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, who offers a psychiatrist's view of the condition.
-Chrissy Spallone, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Lib.
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As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent--even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).
Confessions of a Sociopath takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes the tick and what that means for the rest of humanity. Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils these men and women who are "hiding in plain sight" for the very first time.
Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the wary. Drawn from Thomas' own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopath world.com; and current and historical scientific literature, it reveals just how different - and yet often very similar - sociopaths are from the rest of the world. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy and is both the memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap - right from the source - for dealing with the sociopath in your life, be it a boss, sibling, parent, spouse, child, neighbor, colleague or friend.
As Thomas argues, while sociopaths aren't like everyone else, and it's true some of them are incredibly dangerous, they are not inherently evil. In fact, they're potentially more productive and useful to society than neurotypicals or "empaths", as they fondly like to call "normal" people. Confessions of a Sociopath demystifyies sociopathic behavior and provide readers with greater insight on how to respond or react to protect themselves, live among sociopaths without becoming victims, and even beat sociopaths at their own game, through a bit of empathetic cunning and manipulation.
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