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message 1: by Rebekka (new)

Rebekka Istrail And I'll have to put in a plug for Robert Hare's book Without Conscience--

message 2: by Petra X (new)

Petra X I couldn't get through Sociopath Next Door. At that time I had a psychopathic neighbour and the police recommended the book. I wish I'd had this one for the check list alone. (I'm reading it now and I'm just past that bit).

message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie I am SOOOO wishing I had remembered that you had read this book and rated it only two stars before downloading it to my Kindle recently. I'm finding it scattered, poorly written, and ultimately to "memoirist"--the author spends as much time talking about this own anxieties/neuroses as talking about the psychiatry industry, psychopaths, etc.

message 4: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I completely agree. Stout's book is a must-read. Hare's book Without Conscience also is.

message 5: by Daisy (new)

Daisy But does it not deserve more than 2/5 stars?

message 6: by Matthew (new)

Matthew A genial read. I simply love that description. Not necessarily of this book--it's just a marvelous description.

message 7: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Thank you for the recommendation - I will definitely seek that out! Totally agree with your review.

message 8: by Beverly (new)

Beverly Akerman Actually, I just read both books and loved them, for different reasons. I preferred the second half of The Sociopath Next Door, an explanation of why we are better off with a functioning conscience, which is essentially the ability to experience empathy and love (and emphasizes that the majority of psychopaths aren't super successful). Ronson's book reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut...and it linked a number of subjects I find fascinating, including big pharma and the explosion of psychiatric diagnosis. Not to mention nude & LSD fuelled therapy of psychopaths in Canadian prisons in the 60s...

message 9: by Esteph (new)

Esteph Garcia Thanks what a comment I really appreciate it

message 10: by Dana (new)

Dana John Hare , Without a Conscience is must read!
Jonathon Kellerman wrote a nonfiction book about children with this disorder.

message 11: by Leeann (new)

Leeann Horner Thank you for recommending "The sociopath next door". After reading both books, I completely agree with your review.

message 12: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Bailey The sociopath next door was a really informative read. I'm wondering what everyone's personality types are on this thread. I'm an INFJ. can't get enough of this stuff!

message 13: by Julie (new)

Julie Personally I enjoyed this book a lot more than Stout's The Sociopath Next Door. It might be a matter of taste, but I found Ronson's narrative more compelling and relatable to real life. Stout's examples of semi-fictitious sociopaths were the most interesting part of her book, the rest was rather dry and seemed to beat a dead horse. No conscience. Yeah. Got it.
I like how Ronson portrayed a variety of experts differing opinions on Sociopathy and the grey areas of the pathology. Overall his narrative was just more interesting and I found that it delved further into the many faces and opinions surrounding the topic. For those interested in another great book on this subject I would recommend highly The Psychopath Whisperer by Kent Kiehl.

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