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Scientific American Magazine October 2012 Single Issue Magazine – 2012


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The feature review in this issue centers around Kevin Dutton's 'The Wisdom of Psychopaths.' Aristotle, more than 2,400 years ago observed 'There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.' More current examples - Vincent van Gogh (painter), and John Nash (father of game theory). Presidential biographers suggest that John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton were as well.

If you haven't already figured out that good salesmen, lawyers, and even some politicians are 'functional' psychopaths (persuasive, superficial charm, resistance to self-blame, and enhanced capacity for dishonesty, lack of remorse, manipulate others, grandiose sense of importance), then Dutton's 'The Wisdom of Psychopaths' might be useful reading for you. Dutton also tells us that psychopaths are not necessarily violent - there's wide range; however, they're much better seeing vulnerability in others. He sees them as making good surgeons, market traders, bomb-disposal experts, detectives, spies, etc.

Overall, however, 'The Wisdom of Psychopaths' seems less enlightening and interesting than one would wish.
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