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Title:The Psychopath Test
Authors:Jon Ronson
Info:Picador (2012), Paperback, 304 pages
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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson

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    The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: This book also deals with recognizing and dealing with people who lack the ability to empathize with others and who see emotions as a weakness to be exploited. The tone is more scholarly and clinical.
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    Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson (Sandydog1)
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    A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs (WildMaggie)
    WildMaggie: The personal experience of living with one versus the science of finding one.
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Some really interesting stuff but it wasn't what I was expecting, which was a book with facts about psychopaths, and that turned me off slightly. After a bit into the book that went away and I started to enjoy the book for what it was, a story of a guy getting a first glance into the world of psychology while searching for psychopaths. The book will make you think and doubt and believe, that alone is worth it. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
This is a fascinating read. It discusses the madness industry by concentrating on several individuals and following them through their journeys in crime, drugs, hospitalization and genius. The story veers between horrifying and grippingly voyeuristic. It would be difficult to call this an enjoyable book but it is certainly worth the effort. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Jul 1, 2014 |
Equal parts entertaining, scary and disheartening. Learning that the DSM started with 64 pages and is now up to 800+ with various forms of diagnoses - does seem to lend to the idea that the mental health industry being as corrupt as everything else. Everyone I'm sure could diagnosis themselves with multiple illness within these ever widening parameters of what is considered to be "abnormal" . I would love to see a checklist for someone who is diagnosed as "normal". ( )
  viviennestrauss | May 8, 2014 |
This is the third book that I read from Jon Ronson. So far my favorite one. Is really enjoyable to read and teach a lot. Maybe is not the best book about the psychopath test or similar cases, but for sure will keep you inside. Highly recommended. ( )
  CaroPi | May 6, 2014 |
In this highly entertaining book, Ronson reports on the practical applications of Robert D. Hare’s infamous “Psychopath Test” and the real-life consequences of applying such a label. In typical Ronson style, the book reads more like fiction, concentrating on the kookier aspects of psychopaths. After interviewing Hare, Ronson transforms into an amateur psychopath spotter, before realizing his obvious limitations. The book is light on hard figures and facts concerning psychopathology as a diagnosis, sticking to the more deranged and titillating tales of conspiracy theorists and 1960s drug-fueled therapy sessions. The story about the nude therapy at Oak Ridge Hospital is begging to be made into a movie, but not really the science needed to clinically diagnose psychopathology. As for entertainment, the book is five stars, I read it in a single day, but for reporting and research, more is still needed. Worth a read as long as it isn’t taken as anything more than fun. ( )
  DrakeVaughn | May 2, 2014 |
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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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