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There is little agreed upon difference between psychopaths and sociopaths. In fact, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders groups both psychopathy and sociopathy under the heading of "antisocial personalities." Many say the terms can be used interchangably.
Therefore, while this book is informative and interesting, I highly recommend you spend your psycho/sociopath listening dollars on The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. You'll learn a lot of the same information, but Ronson's book is much more entertaining. After you've listened to The Psychopath Test, if you'd like to read more about psycho/sociopathy, then this book is a great choice.
You will begin to question all of the questionable people in your life. And with a statistic like 1 in 25 Americans is a psycho/sociopath, you will probably get at least one right!
Better content with facts less speculation.
The beginning was good, as I expected with descriptions of Sociopaths as they are in our society, at some point, there was a very long discussion trying to find an explanation on why some people are bad, without regrets, and the author asked again and again why God allowed some people to be bad. Well the answer is so simple it was right in her nose, because there is NO God, or gods. The brain is no more than a result of a mix of chemicals some are bad mixes so no one is creating it. It was so absurd to me that she didn't see the answer and found it distressing that I just couldn't continue listening to this book.
If the content doesn't make sense, it doesn't matter how good the performance is.
Clear from my comments
Yes. Lots of Information, well written and delivered, nice interweaving of theory and case studies, as well as recommendations for dealing with sociopaths. A bit chilling to be aware of the prevalence of this disorder.
Quiet. Similar use of case studies and stories, theory, and recommendations if the reader is an introvert or has a child who is an introvert.
Nice delivery, use of tone and cadence is easy to follow.
This is a great listen. The author really draws you in and balances facts with storytelling. No, this isn't "peer-reviewed" literature as some reviews have pointed out. But who would want to listen to that in audio format?
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, but this was more informative and written in a less sensational style
Yes. It is very informative.
It wasn't really a story. I thought I was buying true crime, but it was more like a textbook. However, that turned out not to be a bad thing.
Which one of us is it?
It makes you look at people you've known differently. You start thinking, maybe they weren't just jerks, maybe they were really sick!
Good overview with examples that carried the meaning through the book.
Nice job, felt like attending a comfortable and interesting lecture.
This was an enjoyable and educational listen. As the headline indicates, I quickly began to ponder who the sociopaths in my life are. I wish I had listened to this 20 years ago as a young adult.
I mainly just listen to books
The insight that these folks cannot connect to others emotionally.
It really felt like the author was educating me.
That 4% of the population are sociopaths
This is a must read for those who want to understand why some "people" are always causing drama for no apparent reason. The author may be overstating the number of sociopaths, but they are out there and you need to be prepared.
This ranks pretty high for this genre. Well written, with good examples and scary, true stories.
The ten signs you are dealing with a socio-path.
How to identify charming people who are really dangerous!
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome and am having a wonderful life
The information was new the first time but on the next listen I'll reflect on what I learned and see if I gain new insights.
The author warned against being consciously vulnerable to the sociopath. Don't even engage in "banter". She's right!