Very well written and well narrated audio book. Wish I'd read this book years ago.
This book is a must read for all intelligent people. It would be awesome to see a scaled down version of this, excluding some of the long stories and 25-cent words, made available to the layman. Educating people on the dangers of being associated with sociopaths should be a priority for all of us who actually do have a conscience and take our social responsibilities seriously.
This book changed my life forever. I just ended a relationship with someone whom, after reading this, I discovered was a sociopath. It cleared up my confusion and made it possible for me to let go. The author's description fit my ex perfectly! Now, I know what to look for when partner shopping in the future.
I loved the reader's voice ... very smooth and enunciated clearly and appropriately.
If you've ever been at a loss as to why someone did something so unimaginable, read this book. It's like being a fly on the wall in the mind of a sociopath. The author provides thought provoking examples to help you understand how the mind works and before you know it you are learning new things about yourself and those around you.
When the the victim of a sociopath who is a family member asks the psychiatrist "What am I going to do?" The psychiatrist leans forward and says "You are going to protect yourself, that's what."
When the soul sleeps
A good read, but it is obvious that the author favors liberal role models and ideals.
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
When we think of sociopaths, we think of people that kill with no conscience. Though that can be the case, sociopaths come in many forms. I loved how this book educated me on how sociopaths really think, and how to avoid them.
First of all the book is very clinical with the focus more on what a Conscious is with some of the book on what a Sociopath is. There are nuggets regarding Sociopath within the book that are very good. Such as Sociopath versus Narcissism, 15 things to do if you have a Sociopath in your life and how to I.D. a Sociopath. This is more of a textbook for someone going into the Mental Health field. If you are really curious about Psychopathy, I would recommend "The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry" by Jon Ronson.Shelly Frasier did an excellent job being the Narrator.
She was very good and has a wonderful voice to listen to stories with.
The Sociopath next door doesn't talk about the mass killer sociopath, but the jerk down the street that seems to get joy from the pain of others. Stout argues that in the US 1 in 25 people have no conscious and goes on to give slightly fictionalized accounts of individuals who exhibit the complete lack of conscious. Very disturbing read.
I just started this book and it is facsinating. The author explains a lot of the concepts with a very dry humor that I like. It is blunt and clear. Fascinating topic and will make you look at many folks in a whole new light...highly recommended.
Fascinating and creepy - I couldn't stop listening. The author does a great job of introducing the average person to this type of individual, and she seems to do so without prejudice or overblown dramatics. She explores the question of what benefits could be gained, in terms of evolution, of having a conscience, and not having a conscience. She clearly and deftly defines, in historical and scientific context, what conscience is. She uses case studies and plenty of examples to illustrate concepts, and even provides some invaluable information designed to help recognize sociopaths - but it's not easy. Imagine getting sabotaged at work, bringing a complaint to your boss, and no one believing you, or worse, blaming you. Even if you prefer fiction, you will find this book captures your attention, especially if you like thrillers and mysteries.
I recommend this to all my friends. It contains data essential to wellbeing, without it a life can be miserable for years with no clue as to the source. It's like a handbook on toxic people, and it explains the previously unexplainable in a very clear way. If you have ever ended up in a relationship with a sociopath without realizing it - they are very clever - this book will help to get you free of the effects.
How sociopaths are behind many of our sufferings.
Over 40 years I have heard many accounts from clients validating the material in the book, even tho they didn't know why these people acted the way they did. This book brings this out in the open and I see it as an immeasurable help. I thank the author for this contribution to the renewed and future sanity of our society!
I would also recommend as another vital adjunct the book "The Lucifer Effect". It shows the spreading effect of Sociopaths getting into positions of authority and creating oppressive systems which forward their need for total control.
Bibliophile, nature nut, Kuk Sool Won student, physical therapist, and spaz. I love stories, learning new things, laughing and stretching my heart, mind and body.
I enjoyed it very much, but of Martha Stout's work I would recommend The Myth of Sanity over this one. Her advice here is sound; drawing boundaries and avoiding contact with these toxic people certainly will help. But some of her assumptions and theories skirt the edge of sound science. Overall, entertaining and good food for thought, but there are probably more scholarly texts out there for those who are picky about precision and logic.