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  • Gail McCool

    *Reading List. gtm. We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people-one in twenty-five-has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He/she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. 1 in 25 everyday Americans, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor,..

  • Mollie Katie

    “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout, Ph.D. --- Who is the devil you know? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband? Your sadistic high school gym teacher? Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings? The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own? … In the pages of “The Sociopath Next Door,” you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He’s a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too. We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in “The Sociopath Next Door,” Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people often have undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them. They’re more spontaneous, more intense, more complex, or even sexier than everyone else, making them tricky to identify and leaving us easily seduced. Fundamentally, sociopaths are different because they cannot love. Sociopaths learn early on to show sham or fake emotions like a Hollywood actor, but underneath they are indifferent to others’ suffering. They live to dominate and thrill to win. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr. Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery, and beware the pity play. Above all, she writes, when a sociopath is beckoning, do not join the game. It is the ruthless versus the rest of us, and “The Sociopath Next Door” will show you how to recognize and defeat the devil you know. GOODREADS SCORE: 4/5 Stars

  • Crone

    Book Review: The Sociopath Next Door , by Martha Stout

  • BARBARA BOWSTEAD

    That super sweet woman might not be who you think... We are accustomed to thinking of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people—one in twenty-five—has an often undetected mental disorder. I think I know one! Worth reading if you work with the public!

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