The Sociopath Next Door : The Ruthless versus the Rest of Us, Paperback

The Sociopath Next Door : The Ruthless versus the Rest of Us Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (26 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780767915823



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This was a huge disappointment. It's not very informative and is mostly a vehicle for Dr. Stout's personal views on everything from sociopaths being undeserving of pity to the endorsement of Richard Dawkins and his theories. The "case studies" are vague at best and there is very little depth to most of her opinions on them. The writer's voice comes through as subtly patronizing. Overall, a waste of time.

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This is a very good how-to guide to recognizing and dealing with sociopaths. Suitable for the ordinary person, and it takes care to emphasize that most sociopaths are necessarily violent or even criminal, just garden-variety turds. I would recommend it to anyone who’s in a bad relationship with someone who may be a sociopath.

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An informative stroll through the contrasting worlds of psychopathy and of conscience. The author gives the Rule of Three for dealings with anyone (1 lie or failure to follow through can be a misunderstanding; 2 can be a warning; 3 is a clue to end the relationship), and a sure way to detect a sociopath: anyone who tries to make you feel pity for them. Since psychopaths are 4% of the population of the western world, this is handy advice.

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I picked up this book simply because of everything you see on the news these days. I wanted to read about what would push someone to do some of the things we see. After getting into the book I was really surprised to realize that sociopaths are not all criminals and evil-looking. They look like everyone else and most of the time are not confronted about their actions. It's scary to think that 4% of the population do not have any conscience. This was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone seeking info on this topic

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This book is well-written, in simple language that anyone can understand. (Unlike many books written by psychologists.) Martha Stout uses stories from her own psychology practice and experiences to illustrate the various ways a sociopath operates within the world. I found the information extremely interesting. Stout gives us great insight into human nature.

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