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.
I never read/listen a book twice.
It gave me information that I will use when dealing with people.
The mistake that I make is assuming that people have the same morals as I do.
Not sure yet...
No, because there are too much information that I want to think about.
I do recommend this book to people that are interrested in human nature, sociology and psychology.
All that packaged in a very entertaining book.
A great review of Psych 101 from undergrad, and some interesting ideas to ponder. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator. Thought she often sounded like a bad tv therapist when most of the time I would have preferred a more normal/real voice.
You don't have to be a specialist or know anything about psychology to get something out of the book.
Didn't really care for the narrative tone most of the time. Would have preferred a more authoritative /lecture style tone.
No. Listened to it over a week or two while taking walks.
Post Stamp Man: the removal of high intellect in concert with this personality disposition boils it down to its essence in a humorous way
Say something about yourself!
Very helpful to me. I have a relative I had questions about and this book answered them.
Yes, I will listen to this book again. A graduate student, I purchased this item as required reading for a course. A smooth listen, this book is for everyone with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers - or, who has any association with the public, in any regard. I find the information contained, herein, invaluable to the safety and well-being of ourselves, and our children, and clear evidence that what we don't know, can be harmful. I highly recommend this book.
I appreciated the clarity and ease of practical applicability, with which this information was presented; and, would point out that, indeed - but for the benefit of such helpful information as is contained within this book - how would one, otherwise, identify and relate to the sociopath, who just might live next door, or, possibly even be a member of his or her own family?
I have not.
I wished the author provided more examples,more data. The Author asks good questions, butit such a big topic/question I wished the author provided more information.