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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry - Jon Ronson
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
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They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The Psychopath Test is the New York Times bestselling exploration of their world and... show more
They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The Psychopath Test is the New York Times bestselling exploration of their world and the madness industry.When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world’s top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he’s sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath—a claim that might be only manipulation, and a sign of his psychopathy. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud, and with a legendary CEO who took joy in shutting down factories and firing people. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fueled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers.Along the way, Ronson discovers that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their most insane edges. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating adventure through the minds of madness.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781594485756 (1594485755)
ASIN: 1594485755
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Young (Semi) Professional
Young (Semi) Professional rated it
4.0 The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Review originally posted at Diary of a Young Semi Professional.With a title like The Psychopath Test, it’d be impossible not to pick up. Especially when it has a $6.99 price tag on it, courtesy of Brookline Booksmith.I’ve been getting into pop science lately (see: Mary Roach) and I think most people...
georginapenney37
georginapenney37 rated it
5.0 The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
I got a hold of this book after hearing Jon Ronson's appearance on Mark Maron's WTF podcast. After such a brilliant conversation, this book wasn't a let down. It was fantastic. Ronson's voice as he went down the rabbit hole with the definition of psychopathology and mental illness was engaging, ente...
I'll think of a damn title later
I'll think of a damn title later rated it
4.0
Incredibly fascinating. I read this months ago, but it stuck with me. Definitely worth the read.
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
4.0 The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Consistenly interesting, frequently bizarre, and often amusing.
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it
2.0 The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
I had some trouble with the authorial voice. Ronson sounds a lot like David Finch, the author of the last book I read, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband, and I was a bit disconcerted in places. Ronson inserts himself in...
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