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James

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  • The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Dutton
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of “madness” along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.

    Jason W. Miller says: "Interesting Study"
    "Fascinating intellectual and empathetic exercise."
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    What did you love best about The Wisdom of Psychopaths?

    I won't labor too terribly much on how fascinating a topic it was. The author really does a fantastic job of making the people he talks about come to life in a way that I rarely see even in fiction.

    What really made me smile was that it helps to de-stigmatize a personality type that is not nearly as bad as media would have us believe. (And I'm not saying that as someone who hates the media. I work in media.) When we hear the word "psychopath" we not only bundle it with the term "sociopath" but then bundle it in turn with "serial killer" or "sadist." This would be akin to saying that all people with ADD are always bouncing off the walls, or that no person with depression can experience happiness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wisdom of Psychopaths?

    The quote at the end of the book was particularly poignant. I won't give it here as it will be far more effective if you've read the book.


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