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The Sociopath Next Door Paperback – March 14, 2006
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To gain the benefits of "sociopath insurance" there are three portions of the book I believe are crucial for you to read: (1) the discussion of what is a sociopath along with her stories illustrating the different types of sociopaths, (BTW, those stories would make fine literary short stories with Stout's descriptive language and suspense building.) (2) Stout's "Thirteen Rules For Dealing With Sociopaths in Everyday Life", and (3) the discussion of how good people with consciences end up allowing sociopathic leaders to rise to power and do horrific acts. If you read just these sections and skip all the philosophical discussions about sociopaths, you will still gain a lot from this book.
One of the first topics covered is what a sociopath is.Read more ›
The single argument in this highly accessible thesis, the one that is down-right astonishing, (though not so after reading the reasons why) is that most of us "instinctively" know when there is a sociopath in our midst, but more often refuse to intellectually or rationally call them for what they are...why? The reason is that we would prefer to believe that the human being is fundamentally good, and pure evil is something rare or something beyond our day to day reality. On the contrary, there are people who move through their lives without a hint of guilt for their acts of harm.
The sociopath's motivation is ultimately selfish and life for them is one big game, a contest about winning at any cost. This is a frightening notion, but after reading this book, you will more than likely recognize someone in your past or currently in your life that has all the characteristics of a sociopath, and come to understand how and why your life is not the way it should be going and the reason for your general unhappiness.
Martha Stout's "composite" case histories are enlightening as she presents us with varied `types' of sociopaths from the homicidal & verbally abusive to the dead beat and covert destroyer of many lives.
One of the more interesting sociopath profiles is the case of "Dr." Doreen Littlefield, a psychologist working at a reputable hospital. Doreen isn't beautiful but has a good body and uses it to her advantage.Read more ›
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Very illustrative info into the mysterious workings of sociopaths. Offers insight into possible causes of sociopathy and explains clear examples of what is meant by the term. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lucie
Wonder why you can't achieve a satisfactory relationship with certain people?
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I highly recommend this book. This is a must read. It will open your eyes. You will learn a lot from this book too.Published 5 days ago by KGB
I became curious about sociopaths after meeting a few sociopaths via internet. Wanting to learn more about why they do what they do, I bought this book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by MR
Well done book that will give you insight into how people without a conscience think. "Normal" people have no natural insight into understanding a sociopath. Read morePublished 7 days ago by M Stinson
A very interesting book. Helpful information. I gained a lot of insight reading this.Published 8 days ago by Alexandra Hayes