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[Dr.] Stout says that as many as 4% of the population are conscienceless sociopaths who have no empathy or affectionate feelings for humans or animals. As Stout (The Myth of Sanity) explains, a sociopath is defined as someone who displays at least three of seven distinguishing characteristics, such as deceitfulness, impulsivity and a lack of remorse. Such people often have a superficial charm, which they exercise ruthlessly in order to get what they want. Stout argues that the development of sociopathy is due half to genetics and half to nongenetic influences that have not been clearly identified. The author offers three examples of such people, including Skip, the handsome, brilliant, superrich boy who enjoyed stabbing bullfrogs near his family's summer home, and Doreen, who lied about her credentials to get work at a psychiatric institute, manipulated her colleagues and, most cruelly, a patient. Dramatic as these tales are, they are composites, and while Stout is a good writer and her exploration of sociopaths can be arresting, this book occasionally appeals to readers' paranoia, as the book's title and its guidelines for dealing with sociopaths indicate.
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I plan to share this. As a former Public Health Nurse I found this book to be so true of so many people. "Setting boundaries"Published 1 month ago by Debra E. Johnson
The idea of not possessing a conscience or the capacity for love is difficult to grasp. The book presents the qualities of humankind from many perspectives, supported by history... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa
EVERYONE should read this book so they can see and recognize the sociopaths in their lives. Plus people need to know that they aren't the crazy ones -- that it is likely a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. Andres
You can prepare yourself for many trials in life but you can not easily prepare yourself for dealing with a sociopath. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathryn Fox
If Martha Stout is right - and I think she is, then we need to revise our understanding of psychopathy to include a much wider swath of the population. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Schwindt
For many years we’ve been friends with this guy whom I’ll call Steve. Steve is an upstanding member of the community, has a picture-perfect All-American family, a respectable job,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
This book can be life-saving! Readers are presented with sharp tools to face cruel predators who seek out kind, generous people just before zeroing in for the kill. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
very insightful, informative,helps one to understand severe personality disorders.
It might prevent people from being so gullible in their lives.