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Psychopaths in Our Lives: My Interviews Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Most of the time in my relationship, I only saw the mask, and this book shows you what they are thinking behind that mask, and how they cold-bloodedly engage in manipulation. It wasn’t about the Lifetime movie of the week crazed stalker, but instead the ordinary, charming, controlling Svengali without a conscience. I clearly figured out what happened to me but this book helped me to clearly see how it happened. I feel like I know have the tools to avoid them in the future.
I also thought that the foreword that the doctors wrote defining sociopath and psychopath was valuable. It was a little bit like a Psych 101 lecture, but for those of us who have not studied psychology in college, it was instructive, but still readable.
I really recommend this book. It was very chilling reading but I couldn’t put it down.
This is definitely a must-read for anyone whose partner is isolating them or convincing them they are crazy. It makes it all so clear to hear the psychopaths themselves explain how they go about controlling their partners. I was not aware of what gaslighting was until reading this book. This book really helped me to see that I wasn't in fact crazy like he used to suggest when I questioned things. When and if he calls again I have the tools to say NO. It has been sad to think that he never really loved or remotely cared about me. It was all a huge illusion. Much more real than most of the psychopath victim self-books.
In many ways, Emerson's book could be considered quite helpful to people who have been victimized by psychopathic, sociopathic, and narcissistic acquaintances, friends, and family members. Anybody who is interested in getting past their victim status and moving on with their lives will find nuggets of wisdom scattered informally throughout these pages.
Regarding the subject of psychopathic behavior, Emerson's book opens the door to new ways of understanding this still arcane topic.