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The Sociopath Next Door Paperback – March 14, 2006
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[Dr.] Stout says that as many as 4% of the population are conscienceless sociopaths who have no empathy or affectionate feelings for humans or animals. As Stout (The Myth of Sanity) explains, a sociopath is defined as someone who displays at least three of seven distinguishing characteristics, such as deceitfulness, impulsivity and a lack of remorse. Such people often have a superficial charm, which they exercise ruthlessly in order to get what they want. Stout argues that the development of sociopathy is due half to genetics and half to nongenetic influences that have not been clearly identified. The author offers three examples of such people, including Skip, the handsome, brilliant, superrich boy who enjoyed stabbing bullfrogs near his family's summer home, and Doreen, who lied about her credentials to get work at a psychiatric institute, manipulated her colleagues and, most cruelly, a patient. Dramatic as these tales are, they are composites, and while Stout is a good writer and her exploration of sociopaths can be arresting, this book occasionally appeals to readers' paranoia, as the book's title and its guidelines for dealing with sociopaths indicate.
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I was constantly baffled by behavors and ideas that didn't make sense to me.
A. Cases where people didn't seem to understand the concept of ownership. They would just take what they wanted.
B. People waiting until some tragedy happened and then when you were at your weakest, they would ask for a favor.
C. People would do things to you, and then when you questioned them, make you feel bad about your reactions.
D. People would clearly do things that inconvenienced you, but not seem to care how it effected you.
E. I have heard people say "be careful with that it isn't mine" about borrowed items, but these people would say "go ehead, tear it up, I don't care, it isn't mine"
F. Stealing things from thier own friends.
G. In general, trying to make others feel sorry for them, by bringing things up that apparently happened to them 10 or more years ago, and acting like they are really depressed.
This book helped me realize my emotions were being played by certain type of individuals that I had been surrounded by. That most people were good people, and I didn't have to be weary of them.
This book was extremely helpful to me, and when I understood the lessons in this book, it was a smack in the forehead moment for me!
Furthermore, I thought that most people were inherantly bad people, who were out to take advantage of you, and one needed to be vigelant and protect themselves from the world.