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Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight - M.E. Thomas
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
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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... show more
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 readers 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 provide readers 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307956644 (0307956644)
ASIN: 0307956644
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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spinsterfun
spinsterfun rated it
0.5 Painfully boring
The main takeaway from this book: not all sociopaths are criminals, but they are all assholes. This book should be fascinating, but instead it is incredibly dull and tedious to read. The author seems much more impressed with herself than she should be--normal if she is in fact a sociopath--but no...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
3.0 Pity the broken
I've met more than a few sociopaths in my time and some of them have written books, but this is the first book I've read by someone who defines herself as a sociopath and sets out to demystify the condition. That, alone, makes it an interesting premise for a book and this book is certainly intrigu...
DesireesShelves
DesireesShelves rated it
I didn't find a flow to this book.... I did have my ideas about sociopaths shattered a bit when I read this. I think I was mostly surprised to find that sociopaths seem to hold very high positions in our society.... Right off the bat, the book disturbed me, but it did get way less disturbing as it w...
Strange Affinity
Strange Affinity rated it
1.0 Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
Absolutely painful to finish.
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
3.0
Interesting, but flat. Since a sociopath doesn't have emotions, this obviously wasn't meant to be a heartfelt memoir, but the simple laying out of the facts got very boring sometimes and I found myself skimming over many paragraphs. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about the upbringing and day to d...
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