As M. E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent - even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.... Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).
"I call bullsh*t. This is fiction."
In this hour, "the beast in me". M. E. Thomas talks about her book Confessions of a Sociopath: A LIfe Spent Hiding in Plain Sight. Lauren Beukes discusses her recent novel The Shining Girls. And Chuck Klosterman tells us about his new book I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined). Finally, Patricia Churchland details her book Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain.