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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the…

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry (2011)

by Jon Ronson

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Quirky look at a man "pretending" to be a psychopath and confined to a mental hospital. Plenty of "who's zoomin' who" but intriguing look at the mental health field. ( )
  mjspear | Aug 23, 2018 |
Quirky, funny, alarming, and the book was good, too. Ha! Well, actually, this does pretty accurately describe the author and the book, at least what I could gather about the author from the book. Ronson takes the ordinary view of things and shifts it just a tad to get a completely fresh, but now absurd, view. I love that. An entertaining, albeit disturbing, read. ( )
  dldbizacct | Jul 6, 2018 |
Excellent! ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
Gosh I adore Jon Ronson.

This particular book of his I found of greater interest, personally, because it's a topic I've been curious about as well. throughout the book Jon examines, among other things, what it means to be a psychopath, whether or not a psychopath is physiologically different from normal people, how the dsvm became what it is today, and whether or not the madness industry is over diagnosing its patients.

The book is fascinating, amusing, and altogether quite informative. Throughout the book the reader his or herself can follow the paranoia experienced by the author (what if you score highly on parts of the Hare test?) As well as the bewildering astonishment at just how imprecise some diagnoses can be.

Another great book by Ronson. I hope he releases yet another one soon! ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
This was a fun read about Jon's experiences while learning about psychopaths. I certainly learned a new thing or two, but I wouldn't say it's like a textbook. It's enjoyable and interesting; but, maybe not the right book if you want an academic view of psychopaths. I'd certainly recommend it to someone interested in psychopaths, but who just wants something lighter than a textbook. ( )
  carmacreator | Jun 13, 2018 |
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Mr. Ronson’s latest book has less ballast. Though he retains his own paranormal ability to locate and befriend wing nuts of every stripe, he has to try a little harder than usual to get “The Psychopath Test” going. Chalk up some of that forced quality to the fact that Mr. Ronson’s BBC Radio 4 program, “Jon Ronson on ...,” is considered comedy. Throw in the fact that most psychopaths aren’t really all that funny. Still, his winning style pervades most of “The Psychopath Test,” as when Mr. Ronson wonders whether he will have psychopaths for readers. According to the second characteristic on the 20-item Hare Psychopathy Checklist (from which this book takes its title), some of them will. “Grandiose sense of self-worth” is one of their notable traits. “What should my message to them be?” he asks one Harvard Medical School psychologist. “Turn yourselves in?”
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"In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronsonhow to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, moreand more, defined by their maddest edges"-- "In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and journalists who study them"--… (more)

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