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The Sociopath Next Door Audiobook

The Sociopath Next Door

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Publisher's Summary

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.

How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them. They're more spontaneous, more intense, more complex, or even sexier than everyone else, making them tricky to identify and leaving us easily seduced. Fundamentally, sociopaths are different because they cannot love. Sociopaths learn early on to show sham emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others' suffering. They live to dominate and thrill to win.

The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. Part of the urgency in reading The Sociopath Next Door is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know, someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for, is a sociopath. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr. Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery, and beware the pity play. Above all, she writes, when a sociopath is beckoning, do not join the game.

It is the ruthless versus the rest of us, and The Sociopath Next Door will show you how to recognize and defeat the devil you know.

©2005 Martha Stout; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Stout is a good writer and her exploration of sociopaths can be arresting." (Publishers Weekly)
"A remarkable philosophical examination of the phenomenon of sociopathy and its everyday manifestations....Stout's portraits make a striking impact and readers with unpleasant neighbors or colleagues may find themselves paying close attention to her sociopathic-behavior checklist and suggested coping strategies. Deeply thought-provoking and unexpectedly lyrical." (Kirkus)

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    Linda Vienna, VA, United States 01-23-12
    Linda Vienna, VA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Worth your time and money!"
    Where does The Sociopath Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most educational book I've listened to so far. Just listened to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sociopath Next Door?

    Everything. I listened to the book twice, just to make sure I absorbed everything.


    What does Shelly Frasier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listen to books while I work. I don't have free time to read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Run from these people!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy a copy for your teenagers. This book will provide them very valuable tools for life.

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    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 01-23-12
    Amazon Customer Pensacola, FL, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Really Interesting Book, Well read"
    What did you love best about The Sociopath Next Door?

    It was an eye opener about people I have known. Wish I could have read it 50 years ago!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrative was perfection, voice changes, pauses, emphasis.....very good.


    Which character – as performed by Shelly Frasier – was your favorite?

    Tillie, the neighbor we have all had at one time or another.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt sorry for all the people taken advantage of by Sociopaths.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is put together very well, with stories spaced well with facts and data. I listened to it twice in a row.....lots of information.

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    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 01-19-12
    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 01-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great car listen"

    This is one of those books that are great for a long car ride. It does not require your full undivided attention but it does keep you really interested and involved. Dr. Stout does really sum up a sociopath and what goes on in their head but what really makes the book interesting is that last couple of chapters when Stout differentiates normal people with feelings and empathy from sociopaths.

    It is really rather strking and you kind of develop some sort of empathy for sociopaths despite the fact that they usually do terrible things.

    The narration is fine. The only weakness is the book was lacking tools for dealing with sociopaths.

    The book was very accesible and one does not need a background in psychology to enjoy or understand the material.

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    kathy 01-18-12
    kathy 01-18-12
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    "This book opened my eyes to a number of people."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave story like examples which described the workings of a sociopath. Described my stepfather perfectly!


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    Matthew Athens, GA, United States 01-18-12
    Matthew Athens, GA, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sociopath Next Door the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was a good match for this type of book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall concept and examples in this book were very interesting even if some of the statements were a stretch.


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    W. straubhaar Reston, VA 01-17-12
    W. straubhaar Reston, VA 01-17-12 Member Since 2009

    Willy S.

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    "A real wake up call"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! I have already recommended this book at least 5 times in the last 3 weeks. It helps to explain some of the interpersonal dynamics I have experienced in my life's adventures.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    I was very surprised by the fact that we are statistically surrounded by sociopaths.


    Any additional comments?

    I only bought this book because of a strong recommendation of a colleague. I anticipated that this book would be entirely scientific and difficult to follow as I am not in the field of this science. I was very pleased to experience a balanced delivery between science and practical examples. The author provides detailed and lengthy scenarios involving these sociopath behaviors. From the well illustrated personality examples, I was able to understand why certain people I have known behave the way they had. And it was very enlightening to learn why I experienced reactions as I had with these same people. As the author explains, sociopaths leave a wake of damage to include making the affected feel as if they were the ones in the wrong.

    Is this bedside reading. Not really. But if you have an interest in understanding some current or previous behavior problems with certain controlling individuals, then it may be worth the read.

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    Rick Heath, Texas, United States 01-16-12
    Rick Heath, Texas, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "VERY well done."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this to several colleagues.


    Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the first one of her's I have listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a great deal about this condition - very eye opening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pam Vero Beach, FL, United States 01-12-12
    pam Vero Beach, FL, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You need to know this information."
    Where does The Sociopath Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is not fun to read. Too many people in this world fit into the category of sociopath.


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    Marc Covington, TX, United States 01-09-12
    Marc Covington, TX, United States 01-09-12
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    "Not as Scary as I had Thought."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, so many people get run over by Sociopaths.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How real this problem is.


    What about Shelly Frasier’s performance did you like?

    Nice warm and Friendly Voice. A soothing performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they start to list the traits of Sociopaths. You'll end up wondering if you are one.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this book underestimates the amount of Sociopaths out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 01-06-12
    Lauren 01-06-12
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    "informative and useful"
    What did you love best about The Sociopath Next Door?

    The rules and tools for dealing with this type of person. This is a useful tool if you are struggling to understand what makes them the way they are and how to minimize the damage they do.


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