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

Author: Martha Stout
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Who is the devil you know? This is an astonishing, chilling and appallingly useful guide to recognising conscienceless individuals. Everyone knows what a sociopath is. A sociopath is Hannibal Lecter - the cold, calculating monster who has no compunction, no sense that what he or she does is wrong. No conscience. An inhuman and often violent criminal. Wrong. Hannibal Lecter is a sociopath, for sure - but sociopaths  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Creative nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha Stout
ISBN: 9780767915823 0767915828
OCLC Number: 885327090
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 bettter --
Groundhog day --
Conscience in its purest form : Science votes for morality.
Responsibility: Martha Stout, Ph. D.

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'Who is the devil you know? This is an astonishing, chilling and appallingly useful guide to recognising conscienceless individuals. Everyone knows what a sociopath is. A sociopath is Hannibal Lecter - the cold, calculating monster who has no compunction, no sense that what he or she does is wrong. No conscience. An inhuman and often violent criminal. Wrong. Hannibal Lecter is a sociopath, for sure - but sociopaths are no more Hannibal Lecter than dogs are Spot. The lying, cheating ex. The boss who loves to humiliate in meetings. The colleague who steals ideas and passes them off as their own. A shocking four per cent of ordinary people have an undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. They can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt. One of their chief characteristics is a charisma that makes them more charming or interesting to others - and hence tricky to identify. Sociopaths learn early on to sham emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others' suffering, they live to dominate and thrill to win. And statistically, every reader will know at least one, if not more. Dr. Martha Stout uncovers the hidden signs of the sociopath, teaching readers to question authority, suspect flattery and beware the pity play. Everyone has been sucked into the game at some point - now they have a way out."--Wheelers.co.nz.

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