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The sociopath next door : the ruthless versus the rest of us

Author: Martha Stout
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 this book, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He's a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They might be sociopaths too. We are accustomed to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Stout
ISBN: 9780767915823 0767915828
OCLC Number: 74470101
Notes: Originally published in hardcover by Broadway Books in 2005.
Description: xiii, 241 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Imagine --
The seventh sense --
Ice people: The sociopaths --
When normal conscience sleeps --
The nicest person in the world --
Why conscience is partially blind --
How to recognize the remorseless --
The etiology of guiltlessness: What causes sociopathy? --
The sociopath next door --
The origins of conscience --
Bernie's choice: Why conscience is better --
Groundhog day --
Conscience in its purest form: Science votes for morality.
Responsibility: Martha Stout.
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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 this book, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He's a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They might be sociopaths too. We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that four 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. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family, and they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt. Dr. Stout teaches you how to identify a sociopath and how to protect yourself from the ones who cross your path -- and who may already be wreaking havoc in your life.

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