The book is primarily a presentation of composite characters from the author's practice. Although somewhat entertaining, it doesn't discuss as much of the science about psychopathy as I would have preferred. The recording was difficult to listen to, with the narrator's inflection based mostly in volume changes rather than pitch. Words at the beginning of sentences were spoken much louder, trailing off at the end of sentences to something almost inaudible. And every 2nd or 3rd word was punctuatued with higher volume. It was almost painful to listen to at times, whle other times I struggled to hear. Quotes were even worse; while some narrators use a slightly different voice to indicate a quote, this narrator uses a breathier, lower voice. Very difficult to hear! One other comment about the recording: when a phrase seems completely disconnected from the text around it, it is a heading. No pause, no change in voice; just a disconnected phrase that the listener soon realizes was a section heading thrown between sentences.
I found this book to be extrememly interesting. A reminder that we are all different in ways that can't be changed in some cases. I found the cases very interesting with in depth information in an interesting way. It was hard to stop listening. Shelly Frasier had the voice to set the tone of the book. I would highly recommend for those who find themselves saying "But why would someone do that?" as I often ask. Ever run into a person that exhibits such anti-social behavior without blinking an eye? Wonder why there is no shame from peoples despicable actions? After listening to this book, I think you will understand why.
"The Sociopath Next Door" was just incredible. It was recommended to me by a friend and was well worth the time and money. It takes a look into minds of sociopaths and gives a much better understanding of them. Whenever I see or hear of people doing horrible things I always ask the question, "What is wrong with some people?" This book answered that question for me and changed my perception of those acts. It also delved into the conscience of normal people, which was somewhat inspiring. This book was well written without being overly wordy and Shelly Frasier is a great reader. I highly recommend this book.
This book is a cross between a real study and fiction. It fails at both. However, it is a quick read with some interesting insight into sociopaths and how they work. However, it leaves you wondering who the sociopaths are in your life, without much useful guidance to identifying them.
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
The author attempts to play on our natural apprehension of strangers by eluding to an overwhelming presence of sociopaths around every corner. Her definition changes from the text book to whatever seems to best describe the perpetrator of her stories and often times seems to be speaking of her own encounters with people that were less than nice to someone as opposed to people who are in serious need of attention. While some of her conclusions are accurate as they obviously would be given her education, many seem to draw a hasty diagnosis as she defends the proclamation of an outbreak of sociopaths at epidemic proportions. Most of her knowledge is either based on second hand accounts, or, as she readily admits, through the sessions of the victims. That is to say someone who was wronged. I would think that she should focus her literature more on those people and less on the actual sociopaths themselves as she seems to have little first hand knowledge either personally or professionally of such people. The book was dissappointing as instead of achieving an in depth working knowledge of the sociopath as one would expect, I simply now think any good looking, succesful, charming, go-getter is in need of a straight jacket before they kill anyone. Her main points are repetitious and overly stressed throughout the read. Could have been really interesting, but unfortunately, is not.
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.