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The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the…

by James Fallon

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  C-WHY | Jan 8, 2014 |
Short, not particularly helpful book that veers from a ton of anatomy terms listing parts of the brain and functions generally associated with them to the author’s personal story, which is that his brain scans show many of the physical signs associated with people (men) who’ve committed terrible crimes and have no remorse for them. But Fallon identifies as a prosocial psychopath because, although he drinks and flirts (and possibly does more) too much, he’s a productive scholar and a generally helpful, though manipulative, person. Only at the end of the book does he reveal that, along with the brain scans, he also has many of the behavior patterns of a person with a behavior disorder. Also, he’s a libertarian who doesn’t believe in government assistance for poor people (though he will take grants as long as he’s not the primary researcher, because he’s practical), because failure is a matter of personal choice/characteristics—despite his own claim that nurture made the difference between him and criminal psychopaths, who generally have histories of early childhood abuse. The most notable thing about the book is that it seems to be getting generally respectful treatment in the popular press, despite being pretty noticeably less thoughtful and less honest than an equally troubling book about being a psychopath/sociopath published less than a year ago. http://rivkat.livejournal.com/393115.html What’s the difference? I can’t help thinking that at least part of the difference comes from the gender of the authors—his behavior is “boys will be boys”; hers is not. ( )
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A compelling career memoir by an award-winning neuroscientist describes how while studying his own family's brain scans for research he made the disturbing discovery that his own reflected a pattern he recognized from those in the brains of serial killers, a finding that offered new insights into the role of biology in behavior.… (more)

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