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The Sociopath Next Door - Martha Stout
The Sociopath Next Door
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Who is the devil you know? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband?Your sadistic high school gym teacher?Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings?The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own?In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not... show more
Who is the devil you know? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband?Your sadistic high school gym teacher?Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings?The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own?In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He’s a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too.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 twenty-five—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 twenty-five 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780767915823 (0767915828)
ASIN: 767915828
Publisher: Harmony
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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A History Nut's Romantic State of Mind
A History Nut's Romantic State of Mind rated it
4.0 The Sociopath Next Door
This book came up in a class I took a few years ago. The teacher mentioned that she was reading it and briefly discussed what she thought about it. At that time I was working in a highly political environment and struggled to maintain my work-life balance while I wondered everyday: what is wrong wit...
Brad Horner's Books
Brad Horner's Books rated it
4.0
I had read this years ago but just recently thought about it because it was referenced in the book I'm currently reading. I thought then, as I think now, that it could very well be true. Give me a good schizophrenic any day over a sociopath or a psychopath, please. They have much better dreams, too....
My bookies
My bookies rated it
3.0 The Sociopath Next Door
Listened to this audiobook. Unfortunately I had just finished the Psychopath Test, which was excellent so this book seemed a little redundant.The overall theme is human conscience - what is it, what does it mean to have it (for the individual and society), and what does it mean to lack it.My problem...
Amadan na Briona
Amadan na Briona rated it
4.0 The Sociopath Next Door
This is a good, though somewhat light (being intended for the pop-psych crowd) description of just what a sociopath is, what makes them tick, how to recognize them, and how to avoid them. It's not full of gruesome crimes or case studies, because Stout's key message is that sociopaths, for the most p...
Stephanie's books and other things
Stephanie's books and other things rated it
2.0
There's a whole lot of fear mongering going on here. The Sociopath Next Door, I'd give it 2.5. I keep going back and forth between 2 and 3 stars. According to Martha Stout, just about everyone knows a few sociopaths.......DUH. I know two people for sure that I used to work with....they were chill...
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