A fun read that looks at many facets of the issue, while compassionately ridiculing all of them. I greatly enjoyed Mr. Ronson's reading of his work.
Yes, this book is an eye opener.
The story of the lady throwing her own feces.
Very interesting look into the human mind.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is one man's journey of understanding the mental health industry and sociopathy. There probably was a better choice for a reader than the author. His accent got in the way for me a bit. But the story was in some ways very funny and very chilling.I found it quite compelling and in some ways cautionary.
Ronson jumps from one insanity to another with each new chapter, which sometimes makes it hard to follow with the sudden shifts. He provides many insights into how "professional psychiatric" diagnoses are less scientifically derived and more a matter of who is invited and how consensus is reached among the egos in the room. Ronson also points to the parasitic relation of drug companies to this method diagnoses cataloging by the psychiatrists.
It took a bit of time to adjust to the English reader, but after several chapters, the dry reading heightened the outrageousness of what was being described.
All in all, this is an important description about the world of psyciatric diagnoses and the use of drugs and "crazy" treatments, all in the name of "care." He creates a healthy skepticism in the reader about this field of care.
I would this book in my top 25 books of all time
the engaging history of psychology and its strengths and its weaknesses.
very easy voice to listen to.
The author's soft British narration gives insight into his personality--humble, a bit shy, yet funny-- that I think would be missed in the text. You can sense the nervousness he has when talking to
Jon Ronson himself. He takes us on his journey into the world of psychopaths and the clinicians who have the authority to identify them. He respectfully questions the reasonableness of the clinicians who define mental illness and are given authority in their patients' lives. For example, the doctors at psychotherapy colony in the 60's allow a patient with schizophrenia (not to be confused with psychopathy), housed in a basement, to
His voice almost says
I may have wanted to hear it in one sitting, but it is a little too long for that. Each chapter is a story in itself. Good beside reading.
If you have been in an abusive relationship, the tone of the book may seem to sympathize with people have the diagnosis.
Oh, yes, I would definitely recommend this book. It is an interesting examination of the world of madness, psychiatry, drugs, and the wide range of behaviours that lie within the edges of normal.
He has an ironic sense of humour. He is able to discuss complicated subject matter is an almost flippant, humourous style that makes it very platable.
Contrary to my long-held belief that most polititicians, world rulers, church leaders, and corporate CEOs are psychopaths, I discovered that
I loved this book. It was highly entertaining, insightful and a bit neurotic. Each chapter had me asking more questions and wondering more and more about how many people I have met who might be a psychopath.
My kind of audiobook! I find the subject of psychopathy endlessly interesting and this one is well written and entertainingly illustrated with tales of various psychopaths. Well worth it if you like true life psychological thrillers.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
It took me some time to get used to the author's accent, narrative style, and writing style. All of my previous information about psychopathy has been from trained professionals. Ronson is not trained professionally in Psychology nor Psychiatry, but he is an investigative journalist instead. He presents the subject in a very unique manner and with a different focus. He gives us much to speculate about regarding this fascinating subject. This is a very basic introduction to the subject of the psychopath. If your interest has been piqued, I highly recommend The Sociopath Next Door by Stout.