The author started becoming emotionally caught up in her subject. Given that her subject is a nasty person, she still started to apply characteristics to the subject that she could not possibly know. Although the sociopaths do not care for other people, it doesn't mean that they are perpetually board and looking for ways to use people. A lot of her venom is understandable, but she make political assumptions that are more bias than science.
Yes. It clears up some questions on the subject.
I forgot she was reading this.
Understand that not all of it is true, but enough is to help understand the subject.
The premise is worth considering. That its presentation was so reliant on anecdote and much of the discussion seemed superficial made it less than compelling.
Manipulative, self-serving individuals are often problematic, and it seems that such conduct is sometimes motivated by a weak conscience plus adverse circumstances, sometimes by the absence of conscience which is the focus of this book. Can a layperson really distinguish between the two? Whether the distinction would be relevant seems largely circumstantial. However, opportunities to help weak individuals reclaim some dignity might well be lost if the label "sociopath" is too broadly applied.
The narrator of this audiobook read clearly and expressively, but the reading was marred by mispronunciation of several words and Thich Nhat Hanh's name.
I didn't expect such a short book to be so informative, but it was. This has to be one of my favorite books, since its discussion of sociopaths also explains the nature of human emotion in everyone else. It doesn't just describe this from the standpoint of psychology and neurobiology but even brain structure. It seems that most psychology/sociology books describe an author's own niche view that often isn't widely held, and so these books are usually not that good. This book was an exception. I can't really think of any complaints about it, other than that I wish it was longer.
the makeup of a sociopath
chapter 8 would be my opening. Do you know this person?
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I may listen to other books on this subject.
I absolutely loved this book. I listen to it on my hour long commute and sit in the car of my breaks to keep listening. I appreciate the amount of research and study that Dr. Stout put into this book. Now I see other people saying they wish she would have gone deeper. ....Well you can't get much deeper than a whole chapter on the neurological basis of the behavior, genetics, nature vs. nurture, case studies conducted for over 40 years, and experimentation on sociopaths neurological reactions to emotional phrases. We don't have answers to every question, we don't have all disorders completely figured out. People need to take the information they are given and continue to do their own research or remain patient until technology catches up with us.
Dr. Stout even gave clues as to whether you could possibly be associating with a sociopath. I was surprised by this. Many other books on biological behavior that I have studied very rarely address hidden signs or clues to look for. Probably in fear of people going to far with it and thinking everyone they know is sociopathic because they seem selfish.
This is an extremely educational read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning about human behavior and how it afffects society....or you.
Wonderful performance, her tone was perfect for the material she was reading.
I found this book to be very helpful. It explains the question I have always asked about people in my life... "why do they act that way"! If you are easily taken advantage of this book is for you.
IT IS BY FAR THE MOST INTERESTING AND SCARY BOOK THAT I HAVE READ.ONCE YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE YOU CAN LEARN TO AVOID THEM.NOW THAT YOUR EYES ARE WIDE OPEN.YOU CAN REALIZE HOW YOU ARE BEING PLAYED AND ACT ACCORDINGLY
HOW THESE PEOPLE BLEND INTO SOCIETY SO SEAMLESSLY AND ADMIRED
SHE GAVE ME A BROAD PERSPECTIVE TO PERCEIVE THE BEHAVIOR FROM ANOTHER OBJECTIVE .THAT IS JUST THE WAY PSYCHOLOGY IS IN. THESE PEOPLE WHO DONT REGARD THEMSELVES AS SICK OR REQUIRE TREATMENT.
WHY THE BOSS IS SO ANGRY?
SCIENTISTS ARE SEARCHING IN THE BRAIN THE LOCATION OF CONSCIENCE AND THE AWARENESS OF SELF ,THEY ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN EITHER STUDIES.THEY ARE DELVING INTO PHILOSOFICAL AND MORALISTIC APPROACHES TO SOLVE THEIR INTUITION ABOUT SEEKING ANSWERS
This book was so informative and interesting. I've listened to it a few times already and feel it is important for everyone to know about this disorder. I've was married to a sociopath and this book both helped me make sense of a person I could never figure out and also made me understand that I'm not alone in being "taken" by one of these dangerous people. Ioved the narration...perfect.
I really need to improve my social skills, I could so be taken mistakenly for one of these illustrations. I mean I only felt like hurting someone once today. Does that mean I'm bad? hmmmm....
A interesting guide to deciding who may be a sociopath (synonymous with 'psychopath'). Do you like sports? Enjoy competition? You are probably a sociopath! Do you sometimes not listen to your spouse? Yes, congratulations, you are a sociopath. Do you occasionally enjoy playing video games, knowing full well that there are people who think this is foolish? You are a sociopath! Have you ever smoked marijuana or enjoyed a beach party? You wily sociopath, you! Have you ever voted Republican? Have you ever supported your armed services? Do you eat meat? Good news, now there is a word for you: sociopath!!!
Like many books by folks of her generation, this book is not about the subject. It is an autobiography. A selfish grasp at immortality for another baby-boomer. Unfortunately, the picture it draws generally is not flattering. One leaves with an overwhelming sense of pity and sadness for a person who depicts herself basically as a reclusive cat-lady who is awkward in social situations and gatherings, and who is looking for an explanation as to why the world rejects her.
The fictional 'case studies' are insultingly silly. The author creates narratives about three fictional sociopaths:
1) Someone who has made money in the corporate world (not in academia).
2) Someone who pretends to be an expert in psychology but who is not.
3) Someone who did not pay very much attention to his wife.
It's a catalog of the author's own dislikes and insecurities, really. I had a generally positive view of the author's profession before listening to this book. Now, I find myself agreeing with those who say that psychologists just label anything they don't like as a disorder.
The narrator overall did a good job of presenting the material. There are at least two words that the narrator mispronounces over and over, which does make you feel sometimes as if you are listening to someone talking at a party who is not nearly as smart as they are trying to be. That's actually quite appropriate to this book, though.