The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus The Rest Of Us (Paperback)

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    Martha Stout, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice, served on the faculty in psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for twenty-five years. She is also the author ofThe Myth of Sanity. She lives on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.
    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—one in twenty-five—has an often 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. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.

    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 emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others’ suffering. They live to dominate and thrill to win.

    The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. Part of the urgency in readingThe Sociopath Next Door is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know—someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for—is a sociopath. 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.


    ISBN 9780767915823
    Genre PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
    Format Paperback
    Pages 241
    Publisher Date 2006-03-14 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Harmony Books
    Copyright Year 2005
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.45 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Ruthless Versus The Rest Of Us
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Stout, Martha, Ph.D.
    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Opens Your Eyes

      The Sociopath Next Door is the book I should have read 30 years ago. It puts the enigma of sociopathy into context and clearly defines terms to inform, forewarn, and advise the reader about the type of person, 1 in 25, who are sociopaths. Learn how to protect yourself from being victimized by a sociopath. Arm yourself with knowledge in this book. Sociopath can't care; it's just not in them.

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    • psychotherapist
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      A book EVERYONE should read

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    • Extremely helpful.
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      Enlightening and empowering for victims of sociopaths. It's not you, it really is them!

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    • Fascinating
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      This is a very informative and fascinating book. Many case studies of people who are sociopaths.

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    • Sociopath in your life?
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      Someone making you miserable? Someone lying to you all the time? Someone never takes responsibilty? Can't hold a job? Plays the victim all the time? This book is for you, my friend. Sometimes the jargon is a little technical, however, it will help you define a sociopath. People are either a sociopath or they aren't. It's like you cannot be a "little pregnant". This book will help you define and recognize a sociopath in your life and how to avoid them. It really helped me come to terms with a sociopath in my life.

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    • The Sociopath Next Door
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      Sad, but true fact of life that Sociopaths Are Out There - more than almost all of us would think.

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