This book is an exploration of the test and its possible applications for good and bad. The author doesn't push one point of view as much as describe the views of others. Interesting. I would have liked to be able to see the entire test...
Software engineer and avid, lifetime student. I like deep, thoughtful non-fiction, and fiction that compliments and enriches it.
It's pretty hard to sum up this book because it really is a journey - through the ideas (and opinions) of the most vehement commentators on and within the field of psychopathy - as well as the possible psychopaths themselves. It's a very engaging story and Ronson's read (with a Ron Weasley accent) makes it all the more fun for a yank like myself.
This is the first book by this author that I've listened too. I enjoyed it and his narration.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
Absolutely yes. He took a deadly serious subject and turned it into absolute comedy by relating his personal reasons for becoming fascinated with psychopathy.
That he learned to take it all with a grain of salt and not be tangled in his fascination. After all, we have to let them live.
Very funny as he starts assigning people to the psychopathy test criteria. Engaged in conversation yet thinking "Ah yes, this person is displaying numbers 17 and 25" on the test.Very poignant, that moment when he commented on the bellman "well, maybe he was just having a bad night". Kudos, Jon Ronson.
Reading Ronson lightened me up about the subject. The only thing I can do about the sociopaths all around is let them live, learn to recognize them, and learn to immunize myself from the damage they can do.
Ronson's slightly snarky narration.
The journey from believing everything he was told to questioning the entire mental health industry was quite compelling.
Ronson has a definite point of view on the mental health industry and it shows. But he walks you through how he got there with humor and insight. Nicely done.
The book was more than what I expected. It teaches a great deal about how this part of society functions. Amazing, yet scary at times, to learn about items that are presented. It was a bit difficult to listen to at the start, but improved as I was drawn into the experiences of the writer/speaker.
The part where I was suspecting if I was a psychopath is most memorable. How the author answers this question stands out in my mind the most.
The most interesting part is when Mr. Ronson discusses the industry and how the various mental illnesses are identified.
When I purchased this book, it was with a vague interest in the subject matter. I am so pleased that I made this choice.
The even exploration of the topic with an amusing telling.
have not heard others, but liked that the author narrated and was good at it!
Great way to enjoy non-fiction topics.
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
I enjoyed listening to this book as it explained psychopathic behavior. The examples discussed in the book helped me identify some psychopaths I have known in my life. The writer's self doubts and continual self-assessment was refreshing to hear and made the book even more real.
Dislikes: I found the strong British accent of the author a little irritating to listen to with his British pronunciations and unfamiliar vernacular. The author's use of the F-bomb is unprofessional and quite unnecessary. In his interviews he frequently includes responses which add nothing of substance to the story: "aha" and "um" and "oh".
Likes: Though the book is a rather disjointed, I found it an intriguing weaving of mystery, discovery and research. The author, a journalist lay person, attempts to understand the diagnosis and history of various aspects of psychopathy and psychiatry. Interestingly, his final conclusion coincides well with the new DSM definitions of various "personality styles" which allthough can be a part of personality pathology, are not in themselves a psychiatric illness. He does not attempt to present himself as an expert on the subject, but does a good job researching the subject matter to get an understanding from different perspectives.
This book is about a journalist who is shown the criteria (or check list) for psychopathic behavior, who then feels childishly able to dart about the globe finding sociopaths. Almost impossible to understand the author's self-narration with the heavy Brit Accent. I'm assuming this book might be better in hard copy.
Anyone who spoke without such a heavy accent. Truly annoying, re-winding to understand basic words that had such an inflection that they became foreign.
Disappointment in the substance of this book