The Mask of Sanity

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ISBN-13: 978-0758179937
ISBN-10: 0758179936
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Textbook Pub (January 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758179936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758179937
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,742,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Aeneas on October 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recently read a book by Andrzej Lobaczewski called 'Political Ponerology'. It gave an astounding insight into the role of psychopaths on a macroscale. It led me to this book which looks specifically on the subject of how these people tick.

It deals in depth and with great heart with the subject of psychopath or rather people with psychopathic personality disorder. It is ample with examples from the author's own professional experience as a psychiatrist of behaviours of psychopaths, and gives insight into a phenomena that needs to be understood as the world is suffering due largely to lack of knowledge in this area.

Yes, that sounds dramatic, but when you understand that some people (~4%) don't have what we know of as conscience then you may start to see how the world could get into the state it is in.

These people have no conscience as a restraining factor in life and thus procede towards positions of money and power with a ruthless efficacy that is largely undetected as we don't consider it possible that people would behave like that. We find them in leader positions in politics, the corporate world and religious movements to mention a few. The costs to society and the affects on normal people is devastating, which is why this book is recommended for everyone.

Hervey Checkley's gives a great understanding of how these people function and also how come even professional people can be taken in by them. Like the book says they carry a mask of sanity and only careful observation over time gives the clues that something is amiss.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Edwards on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate to obtain a copy of this book and read it. Cleckley reveals incredibly interesting details and insight into how a psychopath's mind works. This informtion is invaluable in trying to understand why some oddballs do what they do.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Hamilton on December 21, 2010
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Several years ago I met and married a charming man. Met his family , 2 children, ex wife. Everything seemed perfect. I was and am a nurse so was aware of people and their problems. Never was there one clue about his past. Even his children and ex wife never mentioned one thing. After 2 1/2 years of a wonderful marriage he failed to come home one night..as it turned out he had taken $10 K out of our bank account and was gone. As I found out after much searching I was the 3rd wife, none of us had he divorced, several months after he left the police in Mississippi found him married again and gone again. A friend sent me this book and it fit him perfectly. It is a shame that there are those out there who destroy people and their lives and just move on laughing..the book was The Mask of Sanity. I still have the book and it is wonderful. I am now in Psych nursing trying to find out more about the human mind. I do know personality disorders are not curiable..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damon G. Labarbera on January 12, 2011
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This book was one of the first to attempt a systematic description of psychopaths (or what during that time were called psychopaths). The book m ay be of interest for readers curious how the concept has developed. These case studies from an inpatient unit in the forties, are sometimes colorfully written, and described what Cleckley noted to be a certain type of patient that was unlike others--not mentally ill in the usual, but with a great deal of disorganizatin, exploitation, and irresponsibility in their life. The case histories from the forties document the antics of individuals who, superficially have a "mask of sanity", but nonetheless great disorder in their life, and are a puzzle to those who live with them, know them, or must treat them. Cleckley was one of the first to describe the type, and provided a precedent for understanding the modern researchers in the area such as Hare and Reid Malloy.
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