- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Velluminous Press (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905605285
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I found one, "The Sociopath Next Door," which was excellent, and then, later on, I began to see other books on the subject, and bought several of them.
But Thomas Sheridan's book has been, hands down, the best of the lot, and probably has satisfied my need to search for any more information on the subject.
He really covers all the bases about psychopaths, and explains many things - some of which I already knew, and others that I had surmised on my own, but there were many other things which were completely new to me, which I found invaluable to learn about.
His humanity, and his love for the other members of humanity simply shines through, and he makes a couple of very profound comments, which offer much encouragement for anybody who has ever been subjected to one of these freaks.
One is the observation that once you learn what a psychopath is all about, you are probably, from that moment, safeguarded from ever being fooled by one again, which is extremely comforting to know.
The other thing is his conviction that, as bad as they are, they are always doomed to failure, and that we will ultimately win, is very encouraging.
But one thing that still confounds me is just trying to understand exactly what they are. They appear for all the world to be human, and you may know for a fact that they came from human parents - maybe even your own family - but they act like aliens, or anything but someone of this world.
I had thought that the only answer was that they were simply evil, and that may be the ultimate verdict.
But if the problem is that their brain is actually defective - missing the genes that account for empathy and compassion - then it stands to reason that they simply are not "playing with a full deck," as it were, almost literally.
But whatever they are, they are a living nightmare for anybody to encounter, and even worse than that, if you happen to be so unfortunate as to find yourself married to one.
I have only known a couple people who would meet the requirement for psychopathy in my time, and it was only after reading this book that I was able to connect the dots and figure this out. While a lot of people I have known probably would have been labelled by me as psychopathic prior to me reading up on the subject recently, none of them (with the exception of two) really met the criteria for this type of amateur diagnostic conclusion. The only reason I can say this with any certainty is because I knew their histories, even though brief, and some of their victims, some who where family members, and because I have done the grammar on some of Thomas's sources for his research and it checks out (Hare, Stout). So I'm not really much of a reviewer of books, as anyone reading this can tell I'm sure. It was a very good book, and I would recommend it too anyone, even people who have never had contact with psychopaths, if to only let them know how to protect them selves from these monsters. Diving into Thomas's second work as I write this, and hoping to learn more about how to defend my self and my loved ones from these entities of deceit.