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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
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Nov 03, 11

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Read from November 01 to 03, 2011

Engrossing! The narrator was surprisingly funny and entertaining throughout the book- considering the subject matter, I expected a lot more doom and gloom. But he definitely kept it light, and at times, self-deprecating (which I found endearing).

Despite the light tone, I'll admit this book did creep me out. What if someone I know is a psychopath?? Given that they are supposedly adept at faking empathy and manipulating people, it could be anyone! Very "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". If the 1% figure is accurate, then I probably know about eight psychopaths already...! Don't be surprised if you start looking askance at people after reading this (if you are paranoid like me).

In any case, I found his interviews with Toto (death squad leader), Al (cold corporate shark), and Tony (mental hospital inmate who claims he's sane) extremely interesting, as a sort of "Spot the Psychopath" game. Even with the Bob Hare checklist (the "Psychopath Test"), it's not completely clear cut, so you still have to read between the lines.

All in all, a fascinating read.
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Melissad I know one person who I believe to be a psychopath. I have known hims since he was a teen and he is currently incarcerated. If he is any indication, he was not that easy to spot. He sometimes pretended to be empathetic, but he could not do it long term.
The others I suspect are in politics:)


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