This book really opens your eyes to other realities. Not everyone thinks the same or feels the same way. I was able to pinpoint a couple of sociopaths in my past.The narration was excellent. I couldn't stop listening
This book is well written and compelling. Its combination of anecdotal experience and summaries of research gives meaningful insight into what a sociopath may be. On the other hand the central 'factoid', that 4% of society are sociopathic, is misleading and relatively unsupported. The APA estimates that around 1% of people score above 30 on the Hare test. Obviously a lot more people score in the above average for sociopathic tendencies, and it is not a hard and fast number. Nonetheless, even at one percent that is staggeringly high. This books is a wonderful primer to become more paranoid, and also to be aware of a real and unpleasant factor in the people around you. definitely worth the credit.
This is an interesting book about a seldom discussed epidemic of the conscienceless. I found that some people who have negatively impacted my life discribed in this book. It explains why some people seem to take pleasure in making others miserable. I enjoyed the book but was left with some questions, such as are there shades of grey with sociopathy as there is with many disorders? She presents the condition as either black and white, and I have doubts it is an all or none situation. Overall, I would recomend this book to those interested in why people do what they do.
it's all about the "commonplace" sociopath, i.e., the next door sociopath. would've been more interesting if more extreme next door personalities were explored.
I work in the mental health community and so didn't expect to learn anything really new. How wrong I was! Dr. Stout articulates the characteristics of Sociopathy in such a way that I recognized several people who have created chaos in my environment. In fact, her stories and descriptions are so clear, engaging. and comprehensible to the average reader (listener) that several passengers in my car recognized the characteristics in others quite quickly. Dr. Stout doesn't advocate the belief that there is a sociopath lurking in every difficult person we meet, but she does carefully describe the characteristics that exist in 1 in 25 of our society. I found it helpful to hear that some folks will be difficult no matter how you attempt to cater to them. But let me be clear, this is not a "boring" academic book. Dr. Stout has written an engaginig and provacative book that was very enjoyable and easy to follow. My one criticism is that towards the end, she repeats some information that I found redundant. However, the repetition didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book. I also enjoyed the narrator. I didn't find any odd speach patterns or hearing disturbances. I found her voice smooth and absorbing.
You need to understand what "psychopath" or "sociopath" actually mean, from a medical standpoint. Why? Because you probably don't know what the words mean now, and because you've already met, befriended, worked with, or lived with one, and may not have known it...to your detriment.
As a mental health specialist, I have admired Dr. Stark as a clinician and writer of clinical work Hence, I was curious when I saw her authorship of a book for the general public on a difficult, controversial topic. What makes a person a sociopath? Do all the criminals behind bars merit that particular label? With a mix of stories from her own practice and a solid review of pertinent research, Dr Stark presents a persuasive and enjoyable read, which sheds light on a personality style that we all must be able to recognize or suffer our own peril.
This book dropped on me like a bombshell. It helped me finally understand why and how so few troublesome people had done such bad things in my life. Highly recommended.
Laurie S. Sherman
I tend to listen to fiction from Audible, but this title held interest for me. It was well written and well read. I was fascinated by the topic, the analysis and the easy flow of the reading made the information easy to understand.
Thought provoking as well as helpful, Dr. Stout's perspective as a working psychologist who has dealt not only with psychopathic people but especially with people hurt and harmed by people devoid of conscious allowed me to more fully respond to particular people in my own life with a greater awareness. I am better able to protect myself from hurtful situations.
From the beginnig few sentences I was unable to stop until the book was finished; 3 times in 2 days. I no longer have to wonder about the stone cold hearts or expect any explaination. I've heard the "get over it" phrase each time I wanted answers. This book helped me to evaluate my life, the coldness of emotionally vacant people and the wisdom of hundreds of miles between us. These people are frightening; putting on the conservative church going personna in public and reserving a mountain of punishment and hate for the innocent bystander and their family members as well.