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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
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le 1 juin 2011
If you haven't treated yourself to Ronson's work, you owe it to yourself. I first stumbled upon his writing in a bargain bin where I picked up 'Them' for 2 dollars. I am hard-pressed to think of a better-spent two bucks from any point in my life. Fortunately for me, I was able to pick up 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' immediately after reading 'Them' and found it equally engaging.
Ronson does not disappoint in this, his third effort. The book draws the reader in from the first page and does not relent until the final. The fact that Ronson suffers from anxiety issues makes his dealings with psychopaths all the more interesting. There were moments in my reading when I literally felt chills go through my body (read the part on the Haitian death-squad leader).
I can not recommend this book highly enough. I encourage anyone who enjoys a well-told true story to invest in this tale. You will not be disappointed.
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The psychopath test is checklist created by Robert Haynes to determine the degree of psychopathic behaviour likely to be exhibited by the individual taking it. Score too high in the wrong circumstances and you could be institutionalized for an indeterminate period of time. This is what happened to Tony who Jon meets at the Broadmoor psychiatric hospital. Much like McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Tony sought an easier period of incarceration by convincing psychiatrists that he was crazy. The problem for Tony was that his original sentence of eight years turned into over 12 inside the mental institute. Mr. Ronson's very entertaining book flows from one story to another held together by the precarious thread of madness. His exploration of the subject begins with a piece of investigative journalism requested of him on behalf of neurologist who’d received a copy of the book “Being or Nothingness” written anonymously in a code she and others who'd received it believed could be deciphered. Mr. Ronson's first task was to find the author. This individual did not turn out to be the brilliant creator of puzzles, Douglas Hofstadter, but a little known psychiatrist from Norway. No discernable meaning could be discovered from the book because there was none to be found which got Mr. Ronson to wondering. This unknown Norwegian had managed to bring together a group of disparate individuals with little in common except the possession of this book. Mr. Ronson’s hypothesis was that madness was a stronger motivator of human behaviour than its alternative, sanity. Could person’s of psychopathic tendencies be prime drivers of change? In order to pursue his research further, he gets trained in the administration of the psychopath test. He postulates on the possibility that merciless entrepreneurs and CEOs could also be psychopaths and so, in his pursuit, he meets real psychopaths and those on the edge. What results is both entertaining and informative even though the thread of the narrative can be weak at times.
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le 27 septembre 2011
Jon Ronson writes this book about psychopathy in a way that only someone who isn't a psychologist can, with an unabashed humanity and a great deal of introspection into his own actions. His own self-professed excess of anxiousness makes him uniquely qualified to constantly question himself and others as he learns about the Hare psychopath test, and how it applies to the people around him. This is a great book not only examining what psychopathy is, but also how people have made mistake trying to understand this sickness, how the work has been used for good and how it's been abused to the detriment of both the guilty and the innocent. By the end though you can understand how the ability to spot psychopaths can delude, especially when after a short encounter with a hotel concierge both the author and his companion declare the man a psychopath with no more measure then one short moment, but even here Jon's tendency to introspect makes him question the diagnosis. It's this trait of constantly asking questions of himself and the people around him that ground this book, his anxiousness is the polar opposite of the psychopath and creates the perfect opposing element to highlight the condition these people face and how it can affect people around them. Written like a novel but nothing more then reality, The Psychopath Test is a great work of non-fiction and deserves to be read.
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le 27 juin 2011
buy this book and read it! an anxious journalist on a quest to find psychopaths and learn about them? pretty hilarious!
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le 14 janvier 2013
Hard to put the book down, finished it in 4 days (too fast because then it was over!...).

Interesting stories, interesting research, interesting interviews. On top of all that it's a very well put-together story. Captivating!

Definitely worth a read, but beware, it may have you "self-diagnosing" (unqualified) psychopaths by the time you're through.
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le 18 mars 2013
This book is amazing! I would recommend it to anyone who finds human behaviour interesting. Jon Ronson writes with such clarity and humour to make any subject interesting and fun to read about.
I read it in 1 day while travelling, and then both my parents and my friend read it on our vacation.
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le 28 juillet 2011
I had the opportunity to read this book recently. It was both entertaining and insightful into some of the more complex aspects of society including our own minds and egos.

(Also, I had a chance to email this author and got a reply. Pretty nice fella.)
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This was my introduction to Jon Ronson and I LOVED it. A fascinating look at sociopathy and how it manifests in people from all walks of life. The first thing I did after reading it was order Ronson's other books. Now I wish I'd rationed them.
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le 16 juillet 2014
I found myself drawn in by the writer's natural approach in this book. I didn't feel quite as uneasy reading it as other books on the topic.
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le 13 avril 2014
This was an out of the ordinary book for me. Very well writtin, with many facts I've never taken into consideration before.
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