gary w cannon, August 16, 2013 (view all comments by gary w cannon)
Do you know a psychopath? The answer may surprise you since 1% of the population meets the clinical definition. You may want to take another look at your neighbor, your coworker...maybe even your spouse!!!
ronald, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by ronald)
Another engrossing and fun read in the land of the strange and weird. Ronson is a master at writing about the extremes of human behavior while making his quest reliable, entertaining, and educating.
katoast, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by katoast)
An in-depth look into diagnostic criteria for "psychopaths" combined with witty commentary based on personal experience. This journalist tells a great story and has the research experience needed to validate his observations and opinions. Captivating even for a kid with unmediated ADD (me)
ashevillelibrarian, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by ashevillelibrarian)
This, like all Jon Ronson books, is a must-read. You will look at the world and people around you differently and question basic notions of virtue and responsibility. Weighty as it sounds, it's also a really enjoyable read.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In this engrossing exploration of psychiatry's attempts to understand and treat psychopathy, British journalist Ronson (whose The Men Who Stare at Goats was the basis for the 2009 movie starring George Clooney) reveals that psychopaths are more common than we'd like to think. Visiting Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital, where some of Britain's worst criminal offenders are sent, Ronson discovers the difficulties of diagnosing the complex disorder when he meets one inmate who says he feigned psychopathy to get a lighter sentence, and instead has spent 12 years in Broadmoor. The psychiatric community's criteria for diagnosing psychopathy (which isn't listed in its handbook, DSM-IV) is a checklist developed by the Canadian prison psychologist Robert Hare. Using Hare's rubric, which includes 'glibness,' 'grandiose sense of self-worth,' and 'lack of remorse,' Ronson sets off to interview possible psychopaths, many of them in positions of power, from a former Haitian militia leader to a power-hungry CEO. Raising more questions than it answers, and far from a dry medical history lesson, this book brings droll wit to buoy this fascinating journey through 'the madness business.' (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the internationally bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our worlds most overlooked forces.
For the past three years, Jon Ronson has been immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shaming—meeting famous shamees, shamers, and bystanders who have been impacted. This is the perfect time for a modern-day Scarlet Letter—a radically empathetic book about public shaming, and about shaming as a form of social control. It has become such a big part of our lives it has begun to feel weird and empty when there isnt anyone to be furious about. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and it doesnt cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. Whats it doing to them? Whats it doing to us?
Ronsons book is a powerful, funny, unique, and very humane dispatch from the frontline, in the escalating war on human nature and its flaws.
The memoir of a neuroscientist whose research led him to a bizarre personal discovery
James Fallon had spent an entire career studying how our brains affect our behavior when his research suddenly turned personal. While studying brain scans of several family members, he discovered that one perfectly matched a pattern hed found in the brains of serial killers. This meant one of two things: Either his familys scans had been mixed up with those of felons or someone in his family was a psychopath.
Even more disturbing: The scan in question was his own.
This is Fallons account of coming to grips with this discovery and its implications. How could he, a happy family man who had never been prone to violence, be a psychopath? How much did his biology influence his behavior?
Fallon shares his journey to answer these questions and the discoveries that ultimately led to his conclusion: Despite everything science can teach, humans are even more complex than we can imagine.
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