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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
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Aug 25, 2011

really liked it

Came across a recommendation for this book from Psychology Today. It seemed intriguing. I tihnk Jon Ronson is a very good writer - he knows how to weave together disparate elements to create a good story and suspense and interest. There is no traditional story with a beginning, middle, and end here though. He writes about his investigation into psychopathy and Hare's checklist for recognizing a psychopath (a psycopath can never be cured and so will always be dangerous). Scoring at least a 30 out of 40 points on these twenty questions means you are a psycho. I scored a zero; phew. The book was very interesting and the opening story about a strange hand made book delivered to various intellectuals around the world with cryptic statements on the envelope (that was postmarked from Sweden) was very, very absorbing - almost unbelievable like a Da Vinci Code set up - but it happened. The only complaint I have is that at times Ronson references himself and his own life and ideas about psychopathy in a "cutesy way" that was intrusive. He was caught up in testing himself or those around him or his enemies and friends; I think he thought that was funny. The problem is Jonson can be funny and has a really good voice in this text - I would just like to edit out a couple of handfuls of sentences! I recommend this book to those who know there is a very fine line between madness and sanity.....
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