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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!).

Confessions of a Sociopath takes listeners on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes the tick and what that means for the rest of humanity. Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils these men and women who are "hiding in plain sight" for the very first time.

Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the wary. Drawn from Thomas' own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and current and historical scientific literature, it reveals just how different - and yet often very similar - sociopaths are from the rest of the world. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy and is both the memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap - right from the source - for dealing with the sociopath in your life, be it a boss, sibling, parent, spouse, child, neighbor, colleague or friend.

As Thomas argues, while sociopaths aren't like everyone else, and it's true some of them are incredibly dangerous, they are not inherently evil. In fact, they're potentially more productive and useful to society than neurotypicals or "empaths", as they fondly like to call "normal" people. Confessions of a Sociopath demystifyies sociopathic behavior and provides listeners with greater insight on how to respond or react to protect themselves, live among sociopaths without becoming victims, and even beat sociopaths at their own game, through a bit of empathetic cunning and manipulation.

©2013 M. E. Thomas (P)2013 Random House Audio

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Not a sociopath!

I was really excited about this book after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. As a practicing psychologist, I was eager to learn more about sociopathy, especially from the perspective of someone who copes with it. I could not have been more disappointed, however. I do not believe the author is sociopath; rather, she comes off as a typical, uninsightful, arrogant narcissist who lacks self-awareness.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Baloney

What disappointed you about Confessions of a Sociopath?

Lots of contradictions. I think she thinks it would be cool to be a sociopath, rather than is one. A lot of what she describes is a result of living in the Mormon culture.

What was most disappointing about M. E. Thomas’s story?

More narcissistic than anything else.

What didn’t you like about Bernadette Sullivan’s performance?

Unsure - don't know if she represents the author's voice.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Confessions of a Sociopath?

3/5 of it is repeat.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • United States
  • 06-03-13

Interested in this book in spite of the author

This book was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I expected the author to tell stories of her sociopathic antics in essay format (examples of how she "ruined" people). She does include stories, but they are in no particular order and are mixed with her self indulgent delusions about herself and life in general. Her narcissistic delusions could be left out as they detract creditability. She frequently contradicts herself: she is capable of learning from her own mistakes, however she cannot use knifes because she was not able to teach herself to be careful with them; she frequently comments on her beauty, but also how plain she looks; she is a good lawyer, but she was fired from her law firm for under preforming, just to list some of the most obvious.

Mental disorders are one of my favorite topics, so a first person account was extremely intriguing to me. In all honesty, I would have completed this book regardless of how narcissistic the author was. I would recommend this book to anyone fascinated by mental disorders who want to learn more and can tolerate some nauseating self absorption in the process.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Really?

What disappointed you about Confessions of a Sociopath?

The book was very disorganized with examples and thoughts in a stream that made little sense. Just when I thought something productive and interesting was about to be discussed, the subject changed. Sorry I bought it but am still interested in the topic.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Back to mysteries for a while. And some biography.

How could the performance have been better?

Less smug.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger.

Any additional comments?

Nope. That's it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Jamaica plain, MA, United States
  • 05-17-13

I call bullsh*t. This is fiction.

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This book seems less like a nonfiction account of someone's life and more like a movie script. Listen to it high and then it will become more interesting. I like the book on the whole, but I don't believe the author is a sociopath.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholas
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 05-30-13

Pointless and repetitive

I don't doubt the author is a sociopath, and that many of her claims are perfectly reasonable. My issue with this book is the rambling and less than interesting way that the author goes about detailing her sociopathy.

I was intrigued by the portrayl of life through the eyes of somebody who likely sees the world very differently than I do. Tricky to do, and I should have been suspicious, but in any case, I was interested. Unfortunatley I don't believe the author pulls it off. I like the idea that a book like this one adds something to my world view - what I found instead, was hours of rambling, repetive and unininsigtful person recountings of life events that are told impersonally and in my opinion, poorly. That aside, by the end of the book, not only did I feel that the author had simply been repeating herself over and over again, but the random and unorganized way in which the account took place made it hard for me to feel as though any sort of coherent backbone of the book ever solidified. By the end, I don't feel that my worldview has changed or I am in any way a more enlightened person.

While I can't claim to like the author or relate to her, her alienness never made itself all that apparent to me. Maybe this was her intention all along, but in my opinion, it makes the enitre book seem a little unnecessary. And that aside, I don't really enjoy the idea that by the authors own reasoning, stated again and again in the pages of this book, aren't to make you understand sociopathy (by definition, she really doesn't care what you think), but simply to take your money. My advice: Spend it elsewhere.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Disturbing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yes

Would you be willing to try another book from M. E. Thomas? Why or why not?

yes

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Very interesting and the narrator was easy to listen to

Did Confessions of a Sociopath inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

Eye opening and very disturbing to know that there are people like this out there. I didm't like the book, but I learned a lot about sociopaths.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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If I could give my brain a long, hot shower

What did you like best about Confessions of a Sociopath? What did you like least?

I Loved the contradictions and internal disconnect -- I've rarely seen the concept of a person without empathy more clearly acted out. For someone to express that they are broken, abused and stunted while at the same time crowing that they are the apex and possibly an improved part of the human condition -- yes, that's these people at their most two dimensional. What I liked least was the lingering feeling of pity. The mood brought on by reading hung on after like a bad smell.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

The concepts were overexplained and the book could have gotten in and out in a much shorter time.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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thank you!

i would like to say thank you to author for this awesome book. And to audible as well

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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they live among us...they are out there.

enjoyed it very much. I believe my sister has much in common with the author. this book helps explain so many things.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful