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.
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.
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.