The Wisdom Of Psychopaths

Paperback | October 1, 2013

byKevin Dutton

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Psychopath. The word conjures up images of serial killers, rapists, suicide bombers, gangsters. But think again: you could probably benefit from being a little more psychopathic yourself.
     Psychologist Kevin Dutton has made a speciality of psychopathy, and is on first-name terms with many notorious killers. But unlike those incarcerated psychopaths, and all those depicted in movies and crime fiction, most are not violent, he explains. In fact, says Prof. Dutton, they have a lot of good things going for them. Psychopaths are fearless, confident, charismatic and focused--qualities tailor-made for success in today's society.
     The Wisdom of Psychopaths is an intellectual rollercoaster ride that combines lightning-hot science with unprecedented access to secret monasteries, Special Forces training camps, and high-security hospitals. In it, you will meet serial killers, war heroes, financiers, movie stars and attorneys--and discover that beneath the hype and popular characterization, psychopaths have something to teach us.

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Psychopath. The word conjures up images of serial killers, rapists, suicide bombers, gangsters. But think again: you could probably benefit from being a little more psychopathic yourself.     Psychologist Kevin Dutton has made a speciality of psychopathy, and is on first-name terms with many notorious killers. But unlike those incarcer...

KEVIN DUTTON was born in London in 1967. He has a PhD in psychology, and is an expert on the science of social influence. He is a research fellow at the Faraday Institute, St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, and at the University of Western Australia, in Perth. In Split-Second Persuasion, his first book, Dr. Dutton documents...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book Excellent book. Very interesting. Wish we know more about how to root out socio/psychopaths. I love how they describe both sides of the story.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book Excellent book. Very interesting. Wish we know more about how to root out socio/psychopaths. I love how they describe both sides of the story.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Functional Psychopaths I have a great interest in neuroscience, specifically the psychology of the brain and the title of this book grabbed me from the beginning. First, though, this book is not about serial killers. Yes, there are a few mentioned throughout and the book ends with a small section on them but this book is about people who are not criminals. People who possess the same qualities as psychopaths and thus, can be labelled psychopaths, but are functional within society. It then goes on to discuss how these people operate in society and the professions they succeed at. While the book does mention serial killers, and saints and spies, (as in the title) it mostly concentrates on the business, government and medical fields; talking to and taking case examples from CEOs, stock market traders, MI5 agents, lawyers and surgeons. Dutton's writing style flows nicely and the book is not difficult to read but I would not call it an easy read as it is clinical in presentation and deals with statistics and test results. It is a book for the lay person but one who knows something about the topic to begin with. I found the information very interesting and would say it has broadened my knowledge of the subject. There is some discussion of cognitive behavioural therapy that I found enlightening and answered my questions on why a couple of my therapists/psychiatrists gave up in frustration trying to use it on me. LOL I've always been able to tell they're going that route and tell them no to bother using CBT on me. Btw, I'm not psychotic in any shape or form! A good read that I'll be keeping in my collection.
Date published: 2014-05-17

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• "In many environments, psychopaths can prove more altruistic than the rest of us. Therein lies the tension that drives Dutton's book, and might actually help explain our strange attraction to such rebels without causes. It's also why a grown-up treatment of this incredible set of mental qualities makes for such absorbing reading." --The Daily Beast