Confessions of a Sociopath

Author: M.E. Thomas
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307956668
Release Date: 2013-05-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST OF 2013 STAFF PICK As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.” Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.” Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

Confessions of a Sociopath

Author: M. E. Thomas
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson
ISBN: 9781743512517
Release Date: 2013-06-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to find your flaws, that she is ruthlessly manipulative, has no empathy and does not feel guilt or remorse. But she does like people - she likes to touch them, mould them and ruin them. She could be your friend or your boss. She could be you . . . Now she writes with breathtaking honesty about her life. She also draws on the latest research to explain why at least one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths - and shows why that's not a bad thing. By turns fascinating, shocking and funny, Confessions of a Sociopath is a gripping insight into the mind of a self-confessed predator.

Confessions of a Sociopath

Author: M. E. Thomas
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780283071904
Release Date: 2013-05-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to find your flaws, that she is ruthlessly manipulative, has no empathy and does not feel guilt or remorse. But she does like people - she likes to touch them, mould them and ruin them. She could be your friend or your boss. She could be you . . . Now she writes with breathtaking honesty about her life. She also draws on the latest research to explain why at least one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths - and shows why that's not a bad thing. By turns fascinating, shocking and funny, Confessions of a Sociopath is a gripping insight into the mind of a self-confessed predator.

The Psychopath Inside

Author: James Fallon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101603925
Release Date: 2013-10-31
Genre: Psychology

“Compelling, essential reading for understanding the underpinnings of psychopathy.” — M. E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath For his first fifty-eight years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and professor, he’d been raised in a loving family, married his high school sweetheart, and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity. While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern. And a few months later he learned that he was descended from a long line of murderers. Fallon set out to reconcile the truth about his own brain with everything he knew as a scientist about the mind, behavior, and personality.

The Psychopath Test

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101515163
Release Date: 2011-05-12
Genre: Social Science

In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

The Mask Of Sanity

Author: Dr. Hervey M. Cleckley
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 9781786258397
Release Date: 2016-01-27
Genre: Psychology

Originally published in 1941 under the title Mask of Sanity: An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues About the So-Called Psychopathic Personality, this influential book became a landmark in psychiatric case studies and was repeatedly revised, expanded and reprinted in subsequent editions—here we present the 3rd edition published in 1955. The Mask of Sanity is distinguished by its central thesis that the psychopath exhibits normal function according to standard psychiatric criteria, yet privately engages in destructive behavior. The book was intended to assist with detection and diagnosis of the elusive psychopath for purposes of palliation and offered no cure for the condition itself. The idea of a master deceiver secretly possessed of no moral or ethical restraints, yet behaving in public with excellent function, electrified American society and led to heightened interest in both psychological introspection and the detection of hidden psychopaths in society at large, leading to a refinement of the word itself into what was perceived to be a less stigmatizing term, “sociopath”.

Sociopath

Author: Paul Sorensen
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1502320347
Release Date: 2014-10-12
Genre:

~ Take a Glimpse Inside the Mind of a Sociopath... ~ **Limited Edition** From the ~Personality Disorders and Mental Illnesses~ collection and the award winning writer, Paul Sorensen, comes a masterful explanation into the mind of a sociopath! "An excellent depiction of the modern day sociopath!" - Alex Lemmings, Book Critique Think of sociopaths, and what's the first thing that enters your mind? The soulless murderer, lurking in the shadows? Or perhaps you think of the ruthless business man turned hardened criminal, a modern day depiction in recent movies and media. You'd probably be surprised to know that you've met a sociopath already, at least one. Are they your classmate, colleague, friend, or even lover? The thing about sociopaths that so few realize is that they are chameleons, masters at blending in. Unless you know them intimately, you will have no idea what's going on behind the charming façade. In the real world, sociopaths are far more likely to lie to family members, steal from workplaces, cheat on their partners, abuse drugs, and commit fraud, than they ever are to murder someone. Although not all actions by a sociopath are criminal, many are what society considers immoral, and you remain unaware of the sociopaths in your own life at your peril. In this book you will learn what a true sociopath is like, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them - especially if they cannot be avoided. I also discuss how to help yourself heal after you come out the other side. Is there a cure, or even any hope for sociopaths? The short answer is 'we don't know', but there's a lot more to it than that, and forewarned is forearmed. Don't let yourself become the next to be manipulated, lied to, or even assaulted or have your life destroyed by the sociopath you know. Topics of Discussion - What is Sociopathy? - Sociopathic Personalities - How to Recognize a Sociopath - Surviving a Sociopath - Clinical Sociopathy - The Cause of Sociopathy - Is there a Cure? - and much more! Grab Your Copy Today! The contents of this book are easily worth over $30 but if you purchase this book today you will get it for just $11.99! --------- Tags: Sociopath, ASPD

Falling Apart in One Piece

Author: Stacy Morrison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143919985X
Release Date: 2010-04-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

• A compelling memoir: Just when Stacy Morrison thought she had it all, her husband of ten years announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed lots of work, a new baby who needed lots of attention, and a new job where she was called on to dispense advice on life and love to women across the country. With humor and heart, Stacy shares the unexpected lessons of grace, love, and forgiveness she learned as she struggled to put her life back together.. • An insider’s view of the magazine world: Stacy immerses her readers in the fascinating, high-pressure world of New York publishing. Yet, despite her high profile job, Stacy’s struggle with the stress of being a working mother while trying to make sense of her unraveling marriage—revealed with bracing honesty and intimacy—will resonate deeply with millions of women. . • For all those who loved Eat, Pray, Love : Despite all the expert relationship wisdom at her disposal through her job and the love and support of family and friends, Stacy realized that moving through her divorce was a journey she would have to make alone. Falling Apart in One Piece is the story of how she faced fear, panic, and heartbreak to find a sense of peace and reconciliation..

The Wisdom of Psychopaths

Author: Kevin Dutton
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 9780385677196
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Psychology

Psychopath. The word conjurs up images of serial killers, rapists, suicide bombers, gangsters. But think again: you could probably benefit from being a little more psychopathic yourself. Psychologist Kevin Dutton has made a speciality of psychopathy, and is on first-name terms with many notorious killers. But unlike those incarcerated psychopaths, and all those depicted in movies and crime fiction, most are not violent, he explains. In fact, says Prof Dutton, they have a lot of good things going for them. Psychopaths are fearless, confident, charismatic and focused--qualities tailor-made for success in today's society. The Wisdom of Psychopaths is an intellectual rollercoaster ride that combines lightning-hot science with unprecedented access to secret monasteries, Special Forces training camps, and high-security hospitals. In it, you will meet serial killers, war heroes, financiers, movie stars and attorneys--and discover that beneath the hype and popular characterization, psychopaths have something to teach us. Like the knobs on a mixing deck, psychopathy is graded. And finding the right combination of psychopathic traits, sampled and mixed at carefully calibrated volumes, can put us ahead of the game.

Story of a Sociopath

Author: Julia Navarro
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781101973257
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction

I'm scum. Yes, I always have been. . . . I know what I did, and what I should have done. A spellbinding and provocative psychological thriller that shows just how far a man will go to win the most enduring and ruthless of games: the game of power. Raised in the upper echelons of elite New York society, Thomas Spencer has never wanted for much. But much is hardly enough for a man whose greatest satisfaction lies in shattering the happiness of others. Thomas, the black sheep of his family, harbors only resentment toward those closest to him for what they have more of: good looks, good cheer, good social graces. But what Thomas may lack in charm, he makes up for in cunning. And it is this that will serve him best when he trades in his glittering world of privilege for a chance to claw his way to the top--on his own terms, and at any cost. As Thomas achieves fame and success as an ad man, he becomes ever more deeply entrenched in an insidious underworld of media, politics, and women, and an astonishing picture emerges of a complex, destructive personality who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Shameless and electrifying, Story of a Sociopath illuminates the true nature of power through the mind of a master psychological manipulator.

Psychopath Free Expanded Edition

Author: Jackson MacKenzie
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698190214
Release Date: 2015-09-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

A significantly expanded edition of Psychopath Free—containing new chapters, updated content, and real survivor experiences. Have you ever been in a relationship with a psychopath? Chances are, even if you did, you would never know it. Psychopaths are cunning charmers and master manipulators, to the point where you start to accept the most extreme behaviors as normal…Even if it hurts you. All around us, every single day, human beings devoid of empathy are wreaking havoc and destroying lives in the coldest, most heartless ways imaginable. In constant pursuit of money, sex, influence, or simple entertainment, psychopaths will do whatever it takes to gain power over others. They hide behind a veil of normalcy, arranging their friends and partners like pawns in a game of chess. Using false praise and flattery to get what they want, they can lure any unsuspecting target into a relationship. Once hooked, their charming promises spin into mind games and psychological torture. Victims are left devastated and confused, unable to recognize—or even put into words—the nightmare that just took place. Written from the heart, Psychopath Free is the first guide for survivors written by a survivor, offering hope for healing and thriving after psychopathic abuse. Say goodbye to the chaos, self-doubt, and victimization. You are free.

The Sociopath at the Breakfast Table

Author: Jane McGregor
Publisher: Hunter House Publishers
ISBN: 0897936973
Release Date: 2014-02-17
Genre: Family & Relationships

"Authors Dr. Jane McGregor and Tim McGregor present The Sociopath At the Breakfast Table providing readers with a complete guide of how to spot, avoid, and remove sociopaths from their lives. With a full profile of common sociopathic traits - such as a victimization, learned helplessness, shallowness, aggression, lack of remorse, etc. - readers will be able to easily identify the dangerous people in their lives. There is also an Empathy Quotient quiz included which helps measure a person's level of empathy. It shows readers where they are on the empathy spectrum and how likely they are to be the target of a sociopath. Armed with these helpful tools, readers can feel secure knowing they are protecting themselves and their loved ones from manipulative and abusive people. This book is geared to help those currently in a relationship with a sociopath and to forewarn others, who want to avoid sociopaths, with the knowledge of how to reduce their chances of becoming a sociopath's next target. The entire range of an abusive relationship is covered: the beginning stages of manipulation, dealing with the anger and guilt following the end of the relationship, and how to regain control and move on. Along the way, the authors provide readers with easy, manageable, step-by-step techniques and instructions"--

The Psychopath Whisperer

Author: Kent A. Kiehl, PhD
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 9780770435851
Release Date: 2014-04-22
Genre: Psychology

A compelling journey into the science and behavior of psychopaths, written by the leading scientist in the field of criminal psychopathy. We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies—from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment— how they were raised—or is there a genetic compo­nent to their lack of conscience? This is the question Kiehl, a protégé of famed psychopath researcher Dr. Robert Hare, was deter­mined to answer as he began his career twenty years ago. To aid in his quest to unravel the psy­chopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. The brains of more than five hundred psychopaths and three thousand other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s labora­tory—the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. Over the course of The Psy­chopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psy­chopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder. In The Psychopath Whisperer, Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psy­chopaths and studying their thought processes— from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and per­sonality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy. Less than 1 percent of the general population meets the criteria for psychopathy. But psycho­paths account for a vastly outsized proportion of violent crimes. And as Kiehl shows, many who aren’t psychopaths exhibit some of the behaviors and traits associated with the condition. What do you do if you discover your roommate, or boss, or the person you are dating has traits that define a psy­chopath? And what does having a diminished limbic region of the brain mean for how the legal system approaches crimes committed by psychopaths? A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives. From the Hardcover edition.

I Married a Sociopath

Author: Sabrina Brown
Publisher:
ISBN: 0692843884
Release Date: 2017-03-20
Genre:

As a child, Sabrina's abuse was never validated. As the rape and violence continued, escalating in nature-abusers who are not caught test their limits-she approached puberty with an unstable and insecure sense of self, and a distorted perception of her role in relationships. She had been conditioned to devalue her needs and give without question. At fifteen she meets the man of her dreams, but by nineteen-pregnant and married-her hopes and dreams of love and romance are crushed. She is caught in a web of violence and psychological mind games, being constantly threatened that if she tells anyone or tries to leave she will lose her children, public respect-everything. When Sabrina finally breaks free, she finds herself in a courtroom being served a thirty-five-page motion and an Emergency Protective Order "protecting" her abuser and children from her. Her worst fears are now her reality. After a lifetime of abuse will she be able to bear the burden of this pain, injustice and helplessness?

The Empathy Trap

Author: Jane McGregor
Publisher:
ISBN: 1847092764
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Antisocial personality disorders

Sociopathy affects an estimated 1- 4% of the population, but not all sociopaths are cold-blooded murderers. They’re best described as people without a conscience, who prey on those with high levels of empathy, but themselves lack any concern for others’ feelings and show no remorse for their actions. Drawing on real life cases, The Empathy Trap: Understanding Antisocial Personalities explores this taboo subject and looks at how people can protect themselves against these arch-manipulators. Topics include:• Defining sociopathy, and related conditions such as psychopathy, narcissism and personality disorder• How sociopaths operate and why they’re often difficult to spot• Identifying sociopathic behaviour• The sociopath’s relations with other people and why they often go unpunished• Coping with the aftermath of a destructive relationship• Re-establishing boundaries and control of your life• Practical advice for keeping sociopaths at bay• Resources and further help