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Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

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As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, 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, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that’s 1 in 25 people!).

 

Confessions of a Sociopath takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes the tick and what that means for the rest of humanity.   Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight” for the very first time.

 

Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the wary. Drawn from Thomas’ own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and current and historical scientific literature, it reveals just how different – and yet often very similar - sociopaths are from the rest of the world. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy and is both the memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap – right from the source - for dealing with the sociopath in your life, be it a boss, sibling, parent, spouse, child, neighbor, colleague or friend.

 

As Thomas argues, while sociopaths aren't like everyone else, and it’s true some of them are incredibly dangerous, they are not inherently evil. In fact, they’re potentially more productive and useful to society than neurotypicals or “empaths,” as they fondly like to call “normal” people.  Confessions of a Sociopath demystifyies sociopathic behavior and provide readers with greater insight on how to respond or react to protect themselves, live among sociopaths without becoming victims, and even beat sociopaths at their own game, through a bit of empathetic cunning and manipulation.

Review:

"Pseudonymous author M.E. Thomas paints for the casual observer an illustration of the world of the sociopath. Bereft of the inborn empathic abilities that most people possess, Thomas used her considerable aptitudes to create a functional, albeit predatory, life for herself — a life anchored in rules arrived at through applied reason rather than in morals. Narrator Bernadette Sullivan's coolly amused tone effectively conveys Thomas's charming, detached observations about her life. Calm and self-possessed, Sullivan leads us through Thomas's narrative as the sociopath speculates about the causes of sociopathy, its implications, and the impact it has had on her life. By turns a confession, an examination, and a self-justification, the veracity of Thomas's narrative is open to question — she is a self-confessed liar and manipulator — but however fictional or distorted the story may be, Sullivan's presentation of it is undeniably seductive. A Crown hardcover. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

M. E. Thomas is a diagnosed sociopath and the founder of SociopathWorld.com. But she is not a killer. Quite the contrary, she is an accomplished attorney and law professor who writes regularly for major law journals, donates 10 percent of her income to charity, and teaches Sunday School.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385362382
Author:
Thomas, M. E.
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Author:
Sullivan, Bernadette
Subject:
Psychology: Personality Disorders
Subject:
memoir;non-fiction;psychology
Edition Description:
Nine CD
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.92 x 5.07 x 1.11 in 0.58 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pseudonymous author M.E. Thomas paints for the casual observer an illustration of the world of the sociopath. Bereft of the inborn empathic abilities that most people possess, Thomas used her considerable aptitudes to create a functional, albeit predatory, life for herself — a life anchored in rules arrived at through applied reason rather than in morals. Narrator Bernadette Sullivan's coolly amused tone effectively conveys Thomas's charming, detached observations about her life. Calm and self-possessed, Sullivan leads us through Thomas's narrative as the sociopath speculates about the causes of sociopathy, its implications, and the impact it has had on her life. By turns a confession, an examination, and a self-justification, the veracity of Thomas's narrative is open to question — she is a self-confessed liar and manipulator — but however fictional or distorted the story may be, Sullivan's presentation of it is undeniably seductive. A Crown hardcover. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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