This was a very helpful book. I now understand a few people in my life and how better to deal with them.
Now it all makes sense. When you find yourself in one of those incredibly horrible relationships with someone who you can't believe is SO COLD - give this one a listen and you'll immediately begin to understand why.
This is a brilliantly written book by a skilled and insightful women. It offers numerous examples of sociopaths and clear instruction on how to recognize them in your own life. This should be required reading in as early as freshman year high school! We all NEED to know these things - and the information contained within this book can be lifesaving to those of us (like myself) who have had or may one day have the terrible misfortune of falling into a relationship with a charming sociopath who has the ability to sweep you off your feet...only to drop you off a bridge when the 'game' is done.
I'm only up to chapter 5 and I am floored by this book. I recognize people I know in this book and it makes sense.
I enjoyed this book, it helped to present a few ideas of sociopathic behavior and what it's basic form is in normal society. Most of us have run across a person with sociopathic behaviors and felt confused or even violated at the aftermath of thier presence. What did we do to deserve such behavior and why are they doing these things. This gives a good account as to what to look for and why getting emotionally involved can leave your life turned upside down. This book is not about the well known sociopaths that are read about in the newspapers. It is about the everyday sociopath that has learned to live without detection or causing criminal behavior. I would have given it a 3 1/2 instead of a 4 but it is still worth listening to if you like nonfiction and are interested in psychological behaviors.
I work from home and to prevent cabin fever I walk my dog for hours each day, listening to audiobooks.
This book, while a "high-level" view of the topic that does tend to over-generalize and over-emotionalize at times, is well written. The author is an well-respected therapist and her anecdotes should be viewed more as field notes from the front lines than as the end-all/be-all on the topic of sociopaths. Personally, I never felt the author was implying anything to the contrary.
Enjoyable, informative and well written; I've listened to several chapters more than once, and I can't say that about many of my Audible purchases.
I found this book somewhat disappointing. The author’s approach seemed more about finding speculative justifications for the human conscience rather than deeply analyzing sociopathy. Her forays into anecdotal discussions of sociopaths were the most interesting parts, but they were few and she relied too highly upon them for later discussions.
The biggest problem with her approach was the complete failure to address the clear probability that, like most human psychological syndromes, sociopathy is a spectrum, not a disease with a clinical determinative test. Even the tests she cites indicate the presence of several criteria, only some of which may be present in any individual.
She sometimes delved into history in order to assert without proof that key figures such as Genghis Khan and Napoleon had been sociopaths. As an amateur historian, I found her grasp of well documented historical events and contexts to be quite shallow.
Other works I have read on the same subject are better done. This work is really only for those with little or no background in the subject.
First, the writing was completely flawless. It was engaging, eloquent, and informative. The narratives kept the book engaging. The narrator was great. It's a must-listen. If Dr. Stout has other audiobooks I'll definitely be downloading them.
The first 5 hours are great filled with lots of facts and great information from studies. The there is a switch where the author Martha Stout seems to add her own political beliefs about western society and all the stats and studies go out the window and it becomes almost a rant. I hate movies with political messesages as well.
This book is "okay". I learned a few things and recognized traits found in many people. Still, the material is a little jumbled and perhaps dated.
The title is sensationalized, the book is not. I think I wanted a bit more sizzle.