The Sociopath Next Door

The Sociopath Next Door

Streaming Audiobook - 2005
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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 reading The 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2005.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781400121564
1400121566
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 30 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Frasier, Shelly
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since sociopaths are unencumbered by consciences, they have an advantage in the rat race. they're more likely to be 'winners' than your average, everyday sort of person (normals). and, since history is written by the winners, that explains why we have coverups, and conspiracies!what professions are most likely to contain the ranks of the mentally ill?

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paphelan
Oct 10, 2017

I read this book 15 years ago and it saved my life. I was married to one for 45 years and couldn't figure out what was wrong -- why things never worked -- why it was always my fault, of course. A sociopath gains complete control over you and it's like a web you can't see. Reading this book gave me the courage to finally break through. A sad life.

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danielestes
Oct 09, 2017

Thoroughly chilling. I can't help but approach the world as an optimist, but the gritty truth about sociopaths from Martha Stout's book put my normally agreeable outlook on high alert. 1 in 25. That's the statistical rate of sociopaths in everyday life, and it's significant. Chances are decent you know of one yourself. For comparison, Cancer is about 3 in 1,000. Autism is about 1 in 2,000.

The case studies found here in The Sociopath Next Door are going to get under your skin. It's unsettling to think you're playing the game of life alongside individuals who feel neither the compulsion to abide by its rules nor any remorse when breaking them.

On a related note, this book has muddled my lifelong love of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. After all, Scrooge needs to have a conscious for the story to work at all, let alone be as powerful as it is. Were it not fiction, Scrooge would probably have been a Grade A sociopath incapable of reform. The implication of that is a shame.

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