The Sociopath Next Door

The Sociopath Next Door Book Cover The Sociopath Next Door
Martha Stout

Examines the sociopaths--individuals with an antisocial personality disorder who possess no conscience or sense of guilt--that we encounter in everyday life, describing how to recognize such individuals and how to protect oneself from them.

This is an interesting and useful book. It is especially worthy of note for anyone who has been bullied since many bullies exhibit the characteristics of sociopaths.

It is not an easy read, however it is neither technical nor hard to understand. I think I found it more thought provoking than difficult as I often found myself stopping to think about the people I know and have encountered in my business and professional life. The book shed unexpected light on these people, why they do what they do and how to deal with them and why we don’t recognize them sooner for what they are and how they affect us.

The author clearly explains what sociopaths are like and how nefarious and harmful they can be. She also clarifies how many there are in society (4%) and why it is impossible to change them.

I’m quite annoyed at myself as a psychologist for not recognizing sociopathy in some of the people I have encountered. I suspect that there are varying degrees of sociopathy in people and that not all of them display all of the symptoms. The author has a wealth of experience and seems very knowledgeable. I think she was trained in the Freudian School but this doesn’t diminish her theories or conclusions.

I learned a great deal from this book and recommend it highly.

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