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Psychopathic Cultures and Toxic Empires

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Will Black outlines up-to-date information about psychopathy and ties it in with insights about powerful psychopaths within influential spheres. He brilliantly integrates anthropological perspectives to applied mental health issues and makes a significant contribution to the subject of psychopathy by advancing the idea of 'psychopathic cultures', in which groups of all siz ...more
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published December 11th 2014 by Frontline Noir
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Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
About 80% in this flagged for a bit for me and got too clinical. However the later material is chilling in its analysis.

Gives a totally new, and scary lens with which to view the world an what goes on in it.
Ashley Stokes
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An unsettling and timely book that explores how psychopaths and their apologists can and have infiltrated institutions with catastrophic results. Black sets out his stall clearly, early on defining what a psychopath is (I now know the difference between a sociopath - hot-headed- and a psychopath - cold-blooded) and how psychopaths can create toxic cultures and dominate institutions to the detriment or ruination of others (Savile at Broadmoor and the BBC being examples). Black's case studies - pa ...more
K.L. Byles
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting read, and you do not have to be a professional in the field to appreciate and understand it. Though I do not agree with every assertion made by the author, our political opinions differ widely possibly due to us living in different countries, his research was thorough and his points well made.

Reading this book may open many peoples’ eyes not only to the possibility of living amongst psychopaths, but may also lead to the realization that one has been for quite some t
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An excellent and well written book! I can't recommend it enough. It was hard to read about some aspects of the psychopathic culture around us but it was uplifting to read about the positive impact social media has played in recent years; giving us "little people" a voice and it's making a difference. ...more
Fiona Harvey
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We live in interesting times

I really found this fascinating, although it terrified me. This book was written before Trump so reading this was very interesting as I could see similarities with societies across the world that exemplify the examples provided of psychopathic cultures and toxic empires. It's written to provide enough detail to make you curious to look further into the various examples both of people and organizations. Worthy read.
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
An ok book

I suppose, it provides loads of examples , but to me it read a lot like a rushed dissertation from a university student.Loads of examples but not a lot of strings thing them together. This is clearly evident in the last pieces of the book where there really wasn't a conclusion just more conjecture
Stacey Dixon
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read and relevant to our current times. Clearly written and well-researched. Will gives a chilling insight in to the mind of psychopaths and how they are able to manipulate the powerless for their own gain and to push their agendas forward. Highly recommended.
Jonathan Dawson
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A chilling and insightful read that resonated with me. It avoids cliches and draws interesting and convincing conclusions - if strongly recommend.
Marieluise Niehus
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely worth the read. A chilling and scary summary of the sad state we are in globally. It is a quite upsetting read at times, but we cannot close our eyes and pretend things are great. While people often know there is something wrong and out of kilter without being able to put their finger on it, this book helps to see through the smoke screen. What can we do? Open our eyes, see them for what they are and don't support them. ...more
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