Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight (Unabridged)
by M. E. Thomas
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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 listeners 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, Sociopathworld.com; 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 provides listeners with greater insight on how to respond or react to protect themselves, ...
Self serving, arrogant and poor rationalization to justify bad behavior.
M. E. Thomas is not insightful. She is arrogant, shallow and self serving. She feels the need to explain sociopathy ad nauseam as if everyone else is incapable of looking up already published data. She needs to tell us over and over again this regurgitation of data because we aren't as brilliant as her and we can't understand. She gives us boring examples of her sociopathy that are supposed to make it even more clear when all she has done is brilliantly figured out how to put her audience to sleep. She is a protagonist that you cannot "root" for, and almost hope she gets her slice of "humble pie". She makes assumptions about "empaths" and she is almost always wrong. Her insights don't highlight any special knowledge she possesses, but rather demonstrate her narcissistic delusions of grandeur. The only empathetic thought I have for this author is that she gets a really good psychologist who enjoys a challenge.