I really enjoyed this book because it included stories consisting of composites from the author's career; lists of characteristics of sociopathy and its consequences to help me organize the field mentall; and strategies for detecting and addressing sociopaths. As a bonus, the author included surprising information about people in combat, people in more general chain of command scenarios, and she hints at how the study of sociopathy can help the rest of us understand what it means to not be a sociopath.
Now for my criticisms. Worst of all, Stout's other books are not in audio format. As for this book, more stories or case-type examples would have been fascinating. I would prefer more stories and analysis - like sleuthing with Professor Stout brilliantly leading to the ingenious professional insight - than long discourses on theories. But this is not a dry text book, so when I listened to it, I really enjoyed all of it, though those stories made me want more.
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This book was scary to listen too, but very engrossing. It ended on a somewhat hopeful note. It helped me understand my former coworker, a classic sociopath who killed his teenage sons before killing himself.
As this book opens, most people will question whether they are a sociopath... after all, who doesn't lust for power and think they know everything? But as it goes on, the psyche of a true sociopath becomes more and more insidious. The narrator does the manuscript of this book justice by speaking clearly and naturally. It is a delight to listen to in the car and in the office... even if it makes me question the sanity of my co-workers.
We have all run across those people who were just not right. Some of us have to deal with them. This book is an important read for all of us because it helps us understand what we are dealing with.
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