Confessions of A Sociopath

Confessions of A Sociopath

A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

Book - 2013
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M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to find your flaws, that she is ruthlessly manipulative, has no empathy and does not feel guilt or remorse. But she does like people - she likes to touch them, mould them and ruin them. She could be your friend or your boss. She could be you ...Now she writes with breathtaking honesty about her life, from the confusion of trying to fit in as a child to her growing need for power over others, from her successful stratagems at work and in love to the disasters that brought her greater understanding of herself and the motivation to control her behaviour - most of the time. She also draws on the latest research to explain why at least one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths - and shows why that's not a bad thing. By turns fascinating, shocking and funny, Confessions of a Sociopath is a gripping insight into the mind of a self-confessed predator.
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson, London : 2013
ISBN: 9780283071898
Branch Call Number: B 616.85820092 THOM
Characteristics: xii, 302 p. ; 24 cm

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A first person account on how the mind of a sociopath works.


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ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 26, 2018

An insightful and chilling book. Absolutely fascinating!

ArapahoeKati May 08, 2017

If you've ever wanted to get in the mind of someone else, read this. Some of it is very unsettling, dear reader, and it will make you think hard about your own humanity.

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modestgoddess
Mar 22, 2016

Ah, I couldn't finish this. Too self-aggrandizing and hence extremely boring. I'd thought it might be interesting to see into the mind of a sociopath. I was wrong. (I did find it interesting that she was actually diagnosed as a psychopath but makes a big deal of pointing out that the two terms are interchangeable - and then makes a point of referring to herself as a sociopath throughout).

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som
Aug 26, 2015

A fascinating book.

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KDancy
Jun 02, 2015

I found the book profoundly interesting the author clearly has a confident grasp on the subject and how she is affected by status as a sociopath and this is reflected on the page.

Cynthia_N Nov 07, 2014

Interesting book. I really liked the final few chapters where the author talks about studies done with children and the possibility of raising her own children.

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tashaj220
Jul 27, 2014

Interesting. It made me think, "Perhaps we all have a streak of the sociopathic in us...." It was a pretty interesting book, for sure!! Liked it.

IPL_Mandy Jun 14, 2014

I agree with many of the other commenters' criticisms of the book (jumps around, too much about her), but would argue that's what makes it so interesting as a look into the mind of a sociopath. It probably reflects her motives for writing the book, which is likely self-agrandizement, rather than education. And that is consistent with sociopathy. Despite it's issues with structure and repetition, definitely worth reading if you've ever wondered what being a sociopath is like and how they are different from the rest of us.

Serving suggestion: a grain of salt.

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Dexter_Morgan
May 29, 2014

I found the author of this book to be rather unlikeable. I'm glad I don't know her.

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brock1970
Apr 26, 2014

if your looking for a better book on this I would strongly recommend " The Gates of Janus" by Ian Brady.
it is hard to find in a public library, but worth the effort in terms of content.

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Jun 02, 2015

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