A terrifically entertaining and chilling book.
"The Wisdom of Psychopaths
is an engaging and enlightening look at both the positive and negative sides of the personality characteristics that make up the diagnosis of psychopathy."
"[A] high-octane charge across the psychopathy continuum."
"There's no denying it: we love our psychopaths….[and] in his entertaining new book…
Dutton sheds some light on the stunning magnetism of the ethically challenged."
"It's hard not to like Dutton's book . . . Dutton, like [Norman] Mailer, is waging war against the bien-pensant
. And I'm with him. Life would be more fun if more people cultivated their inner psychopath."
"Dutton deftly navigates through some disturbing subject matter, but his message is ultimately upbeat: Scientists may be able to learn a lot from the darker side of human nature."
"A convincing study . . . The admirable quality of this book is Dutton's refusal to accept easy answers in one of the more sensational fields of popular psychology."
"Dutton spins a solid yarn, turning what could easily have been a dry survey of psych research into entertainment."
"The Wisdom of Psychopaths
is a surprising, absorbing, and perceptive book. Kevin Dutton has amassed a great deal of knowledge about these charming, cold, fearless, emotionally indifferent people, who are so attractive in some ways and so appalling in others, and set it out in a briskly readable prose studded with gripping anecdotes. I found it altogether fascinating."
"Dutton tackles an elusive, important, and much neglected aspect of the mind: our personality. He presents some highly original insights and does so in a provocative and humorous style (offering practical tips along the way for both ‘normals' and ‘sociopaths.'"
"Dutton has written a masterful, readable, and entertaining treatise on psychopathy and its manifestations in everyday life. Some of his ideas will generate debate and controversy, but he clearly has provided a thought-provoking book for those seeking to understand the 'psychopathic' world in which they live."
"The irrepressible Kevin Dutton has done it again! This time he has produced an irreverent romp through the bright side and dark side of the mysterious psychopath, and does a great job of mixing the scientific with the personal, offering readers an insider's glimpse into the workings of fascinating persons (and fascinating personalities. Readers will come away both enlightened and entertained."
"If you've been keeping your inner psychopath locked up in the maximum-security unit of your mind, Kevin Dutton explains why giving him some fresh air from time to time may actually do you--and, more important, the rest of us (a world of good. Just give him this book to read and make sure he's a literate, functional psychopath."
Dr. Kevin Dutton is a research psychologist at the Calleva Research Centre for Evolution and Human Science, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Dutton is the author of Split-Second Persuasion.
His writing and research have been featured in Scientific American Mind
, New Scientist
, The Guardian
, Psychology Today
, and USA Today.
He lives in Oxford, England.