The Sociopath Next Door

The Sociopath Next Door

The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us

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[The author] reveals [in this book] 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.... They can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.... 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.... To arm us against the sociopath, [the author] 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. -BooksInPrint.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780767915823
Characteristics: xiii, 241 p. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 09, 2017

This book handles the subject matter in a little bit if an incoherent way. Some of the anecdotes of sociopaths are so distorted to protect the innocent that they do not have a logical sense. Adding some of the spiritual aspects of conscience were reaching. If you are not familiar with the concepts of sociopathy, then this book is worth reading as they are not all diabolical criminals or serial killers.

This is a very fascinating book! It contains a remarkable examination of sociopathy and its everyday manifestation.

Apr 18, 2016

Interesting topic - worth reading. be warned, this book has long uninteresting passages on spiritual and religious topics (that I just ended up skipping). lots of other good content. a good companion book to the much more readable and enjoyable 'The Psychopath Test - by Jon Ronson'.

sarahfelkar May 01, 2015

If you are a fan of pop-science books, this title on sociopathy will interest you. The author uses great examples that draw away from television stereotypes, and completes a very thorough exploration of sociopathy.

Aug 24, 2014

Good book on the subject with maybe too much fill in text but I realize this is not the DSM-5. Should be a must read for everyone to help them get through life maybe a bit easier.

Aug 01, 2014

This is the best book I have ever read on the subject. It thoroughly covers just how a sociopath is able to manipulate people in a very subtle way, usually by altering information. I really wish I had read this book early in my life. It would have saved me a lot of illness, pain, heartache and grief.

esther_12031211 Aug 20, 2013

This book is so true. There are too many of these jerks residing in this country on this planet. This book is genius.

Jan 29, 2013

Kinda scary, eh? Ravening aliens lurking among us.This book deals more with the relatively invisible sociopaths embedded in our
community.Interesting facts and insights.Author could have pared down some of her VERY detailed case studies.

snluvsmt Dec 10, 2012

its easy to be paranoid of anyone we believe does not have a conscience to be a sociopath, and a conscience is somewhat a controversial topic anyhow. perhaps, with freuds theory, it isnt the conscience they lack, but the superego, they cannot control their id, and inner impulses, a lack of the development of the ego and superego could be a sociopath.

Aug 28, 2012

This is a good book on outlining sociopathology, but not strong on how to protect yourself from them.

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Apr 15, 2014

"When deciding whom to trust, bear in mind that the combination of consistently bad or egregiously inadequate behavior with frequent plays for your pity is as close to a warning mark on a conscienceless person's forehead as you will ever be given." p.109

Apr 15, 2014

"...I recommend that you severely challenge your need to be polite in absolutely all situations. For normal adults in our culture, being what we think of as "civilized" is like a reflex, and often we find ourselves being automatically decorous even when someone has enraged us, repeatedly lied to us, or figuratively stabbed us in the back. Sociopaths take huge advantage of this automatic courtesy in exploitive situations. Do not be afraid to be unsmiling and calmly to the point." p.161


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