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Preview — The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
The Sociopath Next Door
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? T
The part of the review that remains is the end story that led up to the finale as it were, that I wrote at the time it was happening. So I've lef ...more
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 chilling. I may even be related to one. But the author gets a little dramatic. Yes, these people are ruthless, they don't care about anyone's feelings (they really don't have many of their own). But if you ke ...more
What I liked about this book: It is very well written. Dr. Stout’s ghostwriter is exceptionally gifted and the book has a delightfully brisk pace, very clear language, and (mostly) smooth transitions.
Its substance, however, is cartoonish pop psychology masquerading as information. It draws its popularity from the same source as the The Da Vinci Code, under-informed, uncritical readers with a penchant for sensationalism; mostly [redacted]. In the hands of its int ...more
A sociopath is someone without conscience (in short, they cannot love or attach value to other living things). One WITH conscience cannot fathom what this might even be like, and "sociopath" seems like such an extreme label, so the non-sociopaths rarely identify sociopaths as sociopaths ("we" make excuses for their questiona ...more
That might as well be the flap copy of Martha Stout's book, which doesn't seek to enlighten so much as to inflame. Stout throws out a lot of scary-sounding statistics cobbled together with some vaguely philoso ...more
An entertaining and informative book, the thesis of which is that the conscienceless among us are not restricted to the serial killers, but can be teachers, CEO's, health professionals, etc.--anyone who is impervious to the bond of love and cares about nothing but power over others. They are but 4% of us--1 in 25--and the principal comfort the rest of us can take is not only that we not outnumber them but also that we are happier than they because their apparent freedom--which stems only from a ...more
In fact this book, writing-quality-wise, is sort of on the level of a stretched-out Newsweek article, maybe. Yeah, a ...more
by Martha Stout
A few months ago I was given the opportunity to read “The Sociopath Next Door” and before doing so I chose to look it up on Goodreads, to see what my fellow readers thought of it. The reviews were not encouraging. I looked elsewhere for something to read. Then, a few days ago a family member bought the audio book version (from iTunes), and I had nothing else to listen to while gardening. I’m deeply glad that fate intervened.
I can completely understand why p ...more
It chafes to be so free of the ridiculous inner voice that inhibits others from achieving great power, without having enough talent ...more
The good news is, not all sociopaths are violent murderers or serial killers. The bad news is, you probably know a sociopath. Maybe even more than one.
By some estimates, as many as 1 in 25 people have this mental aberration, making them impervious to the pain or the feelings of others. Sociopaths have no ability to feel pity, empathy, guilt, or love. Sociopaths are completely devoid of conscience.
How to spot them? Well now, that's the tr ...more
That sounds paranoid!
I deal with the near-public on an almost continuous public, however, and that "public" quickly becomes the group of folks I deal with every day of the week. I have to work with them closely, I have to try to teach them, and I end up living with them in my head for those seven days of the week.
It's not the best thing for me to do, but it is what happens. They pop up in my mind.
At the e ...more
It was broken up very well. Between different theories on why 1 in 25 Americans have no conscience, to stories of her own patients that she took a ...more
A worthwhile read if, like me, you are interested in human behavior. There were some interesting tidbits, though I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did The Myth of Sanity.