The content fulfilled the title. Fundamental, but not
I enjoyed the examples and the clinical/DSM material(s), fascinating.
Ultimately, I felt like a dope for having missed or having been misled, too trusting, through my life. But we can only do what we do when we don't know what else to do. I'm still a happy, loving, trusting person...but thankful for having been given the tools to protect myself going forward.
Wanting to see the best in everybody, encountering individuals that seemingly just want to inflict as much emotional pain as possible to others is hard to comprehend. This book validates that a significant amount of people actually do act to hurt others just for fun. Several of the examples could have come directly out of my life.
I have recommended this audio book to co-workers, friends and family. I consider it to be essential listening for all.
I don't buy it. The author tells us that 4% of the population are sociopaths. That is an incredible figure. Sure, there are people with varying degrees of morality. But, I am sorry. There is no way 1 in 25 of the population actually have no conscience. Those sensationalists and conspiracy theorists out there will love this book. It's definitely provocative and draws you in. I think, however, it's important to read this one with a healthy amount of scepticism.
I would recommend this book to my friends and family.
I was shocked by the information provided and find it invaluable.
The stories provided as examples of sociopaths were sadly familiar.
The association of pity with sociopaths was surprising.
The book provides essential information for dealing with people without conscience.
This book wasn't what I thought it would be. I expected to learn more about the mind of a sociopath - but honestly, I just didn't finish it.
I listened to this book before reading The Psychopath Test (both books received a lot of press). This one is much better than the Psychopath Test. The case studies that Dr. Stout presents and the details she uses make you really think about all the people you have known.
The true measure of enjoyment of an audiobook is whether I regret pausing the book and anticipate the next time I can listen...this book delivered. I also didn't know what "gaslight" meant and it prompted me to rent the movie on Netflix. It prompted discussions with my coworkers about whether we knew any "lazy sociopaths."
For anyone that likes to observe others and understand what motivates people that seem to make irrational decisions...I think this book can open your eyes to a new way of evaluating.
This is not an easy, stressless listen. The author has clearly, concisely and engagingly exposed a very frightening and complex subject. It is not about the sociopath we all know and fear. It is about those we do not recognize because their actions are subtle, disguised and not criminal. I started wondering who of the many people I've met and delt with in my life are sociopaths.
Bringing me to the understanding that there is a genetic predisposition to being a sociopath, but environment cannot be overlooked as a factor.
Shelly Frazier's clear diction and the excellent pace of her sentences made this very complicated subject easy to understand.
My exhusband was very probably a sociopath!
This book held my interest the entire way through. It is quite unsettling to realize how some people you encounter in the world really do not care about others feelings or well-being whatsoever! It was particularly timely for me as my husband and I have just gone through two and a half excruciating years dealing with our daughter's love interest, who ended up being a textbook case of sociopathy. (Needless to say, he completely broke her heart) It's amazing how easily, even with all our experience, it's still possible to be taken by one of these con artists. This book helps you to spot them right away. I highly recommend this book as an informative and insightful listen for all!
As the author indicates, sociopaths appear in 4% of the population in the United States.We learn, soon enough from the author, why this should cause the hair on the back of our necks to stand up and take notice. Sociopaths are able to use the elements of our higher selves against us, in no small part, because sociopaths are able to appear--so normal! Yet, even the best and brightest of sociopaths sew the seeds of their detection and destruction. The author provides the rest of us with some clues to the patterns of their behavior, which can help us to reduce and/or avoid becoming their next victim. This book was definitely an interesting and engaging read.
The Sociopath Next Door; They Seemed so Normal Until...
This was a great book, though I was turned off by the religious portion (the last chapter), as I feel that many sociopaths use religion as a means to control other people. Other than that, I thought this book was quite fascinating, though a little scary.