The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into The Dark Side Of The Brain by James FallonThe Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into The Dark Side Of The Brain by James Fallon

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into The Dark Side Of The Brain

byJames Fallon

Paperback | October 28, 2014

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“Compelling, essential reading for understanding the underpinnings of psychopathy.” — M. E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath

For his first fifty-eight years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and professor, he’d been raised in a loving family, married his high school sweetheart, and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity.

While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern. And a few months later he learned that he was descended from a long line of murderers. Fallon set out to reconcile the truth about his own brain with everything he knew as a scientist about the mind, behavior, and personality.

James Fallon is an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, where he has taught for thirty-five years. He lives in Irvine, CA.
Title:The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into The Dark Side Of The BrainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.39 × 5.44 × 0.65 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617230154

ISBN - 13:9781617230158


Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Before reading this book, I thought it would be a lot more technical and straightforward. Instead, it was a delightful story about a real person - the author - who used the mix of scientific facts and amusing stories about this friends and family to explain the existence of psychopaths. In addition, it made me think back to everyone I have met and their behaviour to see if they had the possibility of being a psychopath. I recommend this book to EVERYBODY!!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it If you are really into psychology or neurology I highly recommend. Or just want to learn more about the brain and the different components of it.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my life This explains it all. The families problems come via obvious genetic problems in husband's family, and there is nothing more I can do. Peace & freedom at age 72.
Date published: 2014-01-27

Editorial Reviews

“The Psychopath Inside is a deeply compelling personal story of an eminent scien­tist’s discovery of his own psychopathy. Jim Fallon confesses the sins of his biology and in doing so receives the absolution of being human. I couldn’t put it down.”—PAUL J. ZAK, PhD, author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity“As comprehensive as it is compelling, essential reading for understanding the genetic and neuroscience underpinnings of psychopathy.”—M. E. THOMAS, author of Confessions of a Sociopath“Just the word ‘psychopath’ is enough to grab anyone’s attention and it has inspired numerous TV shows and films for many decades. In truth, I believe the word itself does little to wrap its arms around the infinite behavioral traits psychopaths pos­sess, for good and bad. Fallon lets us inside his mind as he takes us on a deftly woven journey, breaking down every convention of psychopathic behavior.”—SIMON MIRREN, former executive producer of Criminal Minds“In a thought-provoking account of self-exploration, Fallon puts himself ‘under the microscope’ in an attempt to make sense of how his own biological and developmental history has shaped his life. His perspective on psychopathy pushes us to consider the important roles of nature and nurture, and the fine line between adaptive and mal­adaptive personality traits.”—JOHN F. EDENS, PhD, professor of psychology, director of clinical training, and Cornerstone Faculty Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University"An intriguing look into the dark side of the brain. A must-read for anyone curious about why our brains think our darkest thoughts and how many of us go into states of psychosis without even realizing it. Dr. Fallon's study of my own brain helped me come to terms with my strangest ideas and why I function the way I do.  Few people understand the brain as well as Dr. Fallon, and can write about it in such a fun and engaging way.  A fascinating read."—ELI ROTH, writer, director, and producer “Absorbing, insightful and quirky”–Kirkus“His surprising final diagnosis could broaden the way we see normality.”–Nature journal