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Sociopath Next Door
Sociopath Next Door | Martha Stout
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.
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Monday night reads...and cookies!

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Finally listening to this 👌 not usually an audiobook person, but it's pretty good so far.

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Mostly dry with a few very interesting vignettes that illustrate the variety of sociopathic behaviors. We all know sociopaths. They make up 4% of the American population. They are masters of their game and thoroughly enjoy manipulation of others for their gain (and entertainment). 2/5⭐️

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“1 in 25.” The scariest part is realizing even beyond this statistic, empathy & conscience is easily forgone or trumped by other social orders. Important topics.

RaimeyGallant Adding. 2y
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While I enjoyed this one, I couldn't help but compare it to Confessions of a Sociopath and The Psychopath test, both of which I've read recently. The information in TSND was interesting and the case studies were compelling. If I had one complaint it would be that the case studies she used we amalgamations of many patients, which means they were basically fictional. I prefer anecdotal evidence that only alters identifying info of the subjects 3.5⭐️

RaimeyGallant I would feel the same way. 2y
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This book was amazing!!! I listened to the audio and highly recommend it. Even though it was written in 2003 the information still feels so applicable. Fascinating look at sociopathic behavior, where it comes from and how to guard against it.

Chocamanda I finished Confessions of a Sociopath recently and have been debating reading The Sociopath Next Door. I think I'm bumping that up on my TBR. Thanks for mentioning that it's great on audio, now I have something to listen to at work this week 🤓 2y
Alicia @Chocamanda ooh yay! I am totally going to add that to my TBR. I hope you like this one!! 2y
bookcollecter I've read this book three times! The real life case stories are frighteningly eye-opening 1y
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questioning everyone around me. 🧐

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Thank you! 😘

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Betty I read the description of the tagged book and shuddered. I know quite a few 2y
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I finished it this morning and I can say I'm sufficiently worried. It seems everyone I know is a sociopath. It has anecdotal stories to illustrate the ways people can be sociopathic, but it was a bit more textbooky than I thought it would be

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1. I have Neon Angel on hold at library, it's old but I'm excited about it.
2. Nope, no such luck
3. Tulips
4. Black Jelly Beans and Chocolate eggs only if they are filled with peanut butter. Otherwise I'd choose neither.

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Tulips 🌷💛 2y
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Jen2
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Fascinating!!!

KeeWee I read this, too! Didn‘t realize how many socio‘s there are out there 😳 2y
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Slight cheat on this - 11yrs, not 10. I went into this knowing these types of books play off fear & making mundane fantastical. That being said, I enjoyed it. I think it's true that many people around us have at least some traits associated with sociopathy - and that these traits may in fact lead to success for some (in competitive environments where empathy may actually hold you back.) #sadbuttrue #published10yearsago #litsy2017readingchallenge

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Cool read. Perhaps a survival guide, really. By the way, you probably know a sociopath!

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This was pretty dry. I also thought she was going to use actual cases that were well known and it was mostly just anecdotes based on fact. The were some interesting points made and research done but overall it just didn‘t keep my attention.

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This was quite an interesting read. Lots of information and theories. Some of the writing was weighed down with double negatives, complicated metaphors and run on sentences, but overall I found it informative and thought provoking. It was also a conversation starter when I was reading it at the gym. 😂 (My cat liked it too.)

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"Minds differ still more than faces. --Voltaire #amreading #research #psychology

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Zelma That phantom felines cover creeps me the hell out! 3y
JessClark78 @Zelma It is pretty creepy. 3y
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Gina
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This book had moments where I felt the author really hit the mark. Unfortunately for me I felt her "case studies" were very dumbed down and full of details she seemed to embellished to get her point across. At times I wasn't even sure I was reading a case study or if she was creating a story to make a point. She also threw bits in (like when she was at a bon fire) which for me loosely related to the book and just felt like filler.

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Echo
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This was a great insight into sociopathy. It seems a rather dire subject but the book closes on a very hopeful note.

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LauraJ Have you read The Psycopath test? It's a good good companion read for Stout's book. 3y
Echo No! But I am adding it to the list. Thank you @LauraJ 3y
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Anyone else getting mentally ready for the holidays? 😐🙊✅

Laura317 Well, this explains my sister-in-law. 3y
Lizpixie @Laura317 🙌🙌 I've been with my hubby for 23 years & the only time his sister spoke to me was to tell me I wasn't good enough for her brother. That was 23 yrs ago. 3y
Laura317 @Lizpixie Her loss! 3y
Echo My FIL is a sociopath 🙄 3y
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