No, but I bookmarked many passages and would review those passages again.
The use of many varied examples makes it easy to understand the varied forms this disease may take, and how to identify people with sociopathic behavior in my life.
I didn't agree with all of the points in the book; I believe the author takes some liberty at points when describing motivations or how one point relates to others, but ultimately she presents a solid understanding, reasoning and examples of a fascinating disorder which I could not have defined or fully described prior to listening to this book. I would definitely recommend it, even for the casual listener.
I really enjoyed the information in the book. It opened up my eyes to some of the people I have spent a lot of time with in my life, and answered many of those haunting questions that have plagued me over the years. The problem is, I had a lot of trouble listening to the narrator for more than a half hour at a time. Her voice droned on and on and even when there were new sections, it was hard to detect, because she seemed to never pause. This has made me think that to really get the most out of a book such as this one that has a lot of technical information, one should invest in the paper edition of the book. If I had it to do all over again, I would definitely have purchased the print version. I honestly wish I could have given the book five stars, but the narration just ruined it for me.
Most of all, I enjoyed learning that my relative's bizarre behavior is not sociopathic, and that my ex-husband's behavior definitely was a textbook example, as I had always suspected.
FRIGHTENING, ENLIGHTENING, BRILLIANT
Learning that the people in this world who do not have a conscience are very sick individuals. While we may feel sorry for them our emotion should be in thought only as not only would the sociopath see our sympathy as a weakness, indeed they would exploit it given an iota of opportunity, but also that with a little bit of knowledge and loads of common sense we can save ourselves a lot of heartache. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERYONE AS EARLY AS THEY ARE ABLE TO COMPREHEND ITS MESSAGE.
Horror, and the Human Capacity to Inflict Pain on Innocents.
Though I think the Title is excellent.
Having experienced the shock, disbelief, pain and distress of dealing with such a non human, my only thoughts are
Most educational book I've listened to so far. Just listened to
Everything. I listened to the book twice, just to make sure I absorbed everything.
I listen to books while I work. I don't have free time to read.
Run from these people!
Buy a copy for your teenagers. This book will provide them very valuable tools for life.
It was an eye opener about people I have known. Wish I could have read it 50 years ago!
The narrative was perfection, voice changes, pauses, emphasis.....very good.
Tillie, the neighbor we have all had at one time or another.
I felt sorry for all the people taken advantage of by Sociopaths.
The book is put together very well, with stories spaced well with facts and data. I listened to it twice in a row.....lots of information.
This is one of those books that are great for a long car ride. It does not require your full undivided attention but it does keep you really interested and involved. Dr. Stout does really sum up a sociopath and what goes on in their head but what really makes the book interesting is that last couple of chapters when Stout differentiates normal people with feelings and empathy from sociopaths.
It is really rather strking and you kind of develop some sort of empathy for sociopaths despite the fact that they usually do terrible things.
The narration is fine. The only weakness is the book was lacking tools for dealing with sociopaths.
The book was very accesible and one does not need a background in psychology to enjoy or understand the material.
I already have
It gave story like examples which described the workings of a sociopath. Described my stepfather perfectly!
The narrator was a good match for this type of book.
The overall concept and examples in this book were very interesting even if some of the statements were a stretch.
YES! I have already recommended this book at least 5 times in the last 3 weeks. It helps to explain some of the interpersonal dynamics I have experienced in my life's adventures.
I was very surprised by the fact that we are statistically surrounded by sociopaths.
I only bought this book because of a strong recommendation of a colleague. I anticipated that this book would be entirely scientific and difficult to follow as I am not in the field of this science. I was very pleased to experience a balanced delivery between science and practical examples. The author provides detailed and lengthy scenarios involving these sociopath behaviors. From the well illustrated personality examples, I was able to understand why certain people I have known behave the way they had. And it was very enlightening to learn why I experienced reactions as I had with these same people. As the author explains, sociopaths leave a wake of damage to include making the affected feel as if they were the ones in the wrong.
Is this bedside reading. Not really. But if you have an interest in understanding some current or previous behavior problems with certain controlling individuals, then it may be worth the read.
I have already recommended this to several colleagues.
No. This is the first one of her's I have listened to.
I learned a great deal about this condition - very eye opening.