Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review of The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, PH.D.

Three Rivers Press
The Sociopath Next Door * Not Marketed as YA Fiction
By Martha Stout, PH.D.
5 Scribbles
You’ve seen it on TV, in movies, and sometimes, even in the people you go to school or work with—there are sociopaths among us. This chilling yet educational work of non-fiction not only helps us to identify sociopaths, those who have no conscience, but gives sage advice on how to protect oneself from sociopaths—even those who may live in our own homes. A magnificent lens into social interaction, this work should be required reading for every teen and adult. Stout’s descriptions of sociopaths seem at first to be a bit far-fetched, but after only a few chapters it is not difficult to see that her estimation--one in twenty-five people is a sociopath--is not at all reaching. Additionally, our view of what a sociopath is has become warped by the media; Stout helps to put the disorder into perspective quickly and with fantastic use of story. Note: this work may be for older, more advanced readers.

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