Confessions of A Sociopath

Confessions of A Sociopath

A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent--even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.  Who are we? We are highly successful, non-criminal sociopaths and we comprise 4% of the American population (that's 1 in 25 people!).
Confessions of a Sociopath takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes the tick and what that means for the rest of humanity.   Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils these men and women who are "hiding in plain sight" for the very first time.
Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the wary. Drawn from Thomas' own experiences; her popular blog,; and current and historical scientific literature, it reveals just how different - and yet often very similar - sociopaths are from the rest of the world. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy and is both the memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap - right from the source - for dealing with the sociopath in your life, be it a boss, sibling, parent, spouse, child, neighbor, colleague or friend.
As Thomas argues, while sociopaths aren't like everyone else, and it's true some of them are incredibly dangerous, they are not inherently evil. In fact, they're potentially more productive and useful to society than neurotypicals or "empaths," as they fondly like to call "normal" people.  Confessions of a Sociopath demystifyies sociopathic behavior and provide readers with greater insight on how to respond or react to protect themselves, live among sociopaths without becoming victims, and even beat sociopaths at their own game, through a bit of empathetic cunning and manipulation.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307956644
Branch Call Number: 616.8582092
Characteristics: xii, 302 pages ; 22 cm


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A memoir of charisma, charm, and calculated lies.

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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.

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).

Aug 26, 2015

A fascinating book.

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.

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.

May 29, 2014

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

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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