Confessions Of A Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding In Plain Sight

Paperback | May 13, 2014

byM.e. Thomas

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As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, 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, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.”
  
Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”

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A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST OF 2013 STAFF PICKAs M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, 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-bo...

M. E. THOMAS is a diagnosed sociopath and the founder of SociopathWorld.com. She is not a killer. Quite the contrary, she is an accomplished attorney and law professor who writes regularly for major law journals, donates 10 percent of her income to charity, and teaches Sunday school.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.01 × 5.2 × 0.63 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307956652

ISBN - 13:9780307956651

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crazy Love this stuff!
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Love this stuff!
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing A fascinating look into the minds of a portion of our population that has never before been so personally revealed. Halfway through the book and I was beginning to look at people around me entirely differently.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crazy This book did not read as genuine, had few insights or intelligent explanations into the authors supposed sociopathic behaviour and left me in doubt of whether M. E. Thomas is in fact a female or sociopath at all. I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Big Ideas I like a book that makes you think about big questions. Ostensibly, this is an autobiography about a self-diagnosed sociopath. After the first few pages of the first chapter I was thinking equally about how it is we know the world and ourselves and the nature of morality as much as being riveted by her life story. The book is well-argued (she is a law professor) , lucid, logically structured, unflinchingly honest and written in a finely-tuned style, which is apparently to be expected from a sociopathic author. No titillating anecdotes of animal torture here.
Date published: 2013-08-24

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Praise for Confessions of a Sociopath“[A] gripping and important book...revelatory...quite the memorable roller coaster ride.” —New York Times Book Review “Fascinating...part memoir, part psychological treatise, and entirely not to be trusted.” —Boston Globe“The goal of Confessions is to redefine sociopathy—or at least to shake off the stigma associated with it. And Thomas accomplishes both. Through her honest portrayal of herself as a highly capable yet deeply flawed individual, she demystifies her disorder.” —Scientific American“Fascinating stuff, and Thomas delivers...riveting...chilling...Her incisive observations about human nature can be breathtakingly pointed.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer“An essential, unprecedented memoir...intelligent, measured...Her arguments against using the diagnosis as an indicator of evil or a pre-emptive reason to imprison are a slam-dunk. This is a critical addition to narratives of mental illness, deepened by the awareness that we're reading someone whose most intense motivation is ‘acquisition, retention, and exploitation of power’.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review“Fascinating and compelling as well as chilling, Thomas’ memoir offers a window into the mind of a portion of the population that usually remains shrouded in mystery and fear.” —Booklist, starred review“[Thomas] invites us into her courtroom, classroom and bedroom to witness how her behavior has stunted her work life and made her love life difficult...Much here is chilling, but there are also cracks that make you ache for her....A work of advocacy for greater awareness of sociopathy’s reach and conduct.” —Kirkus Reviews