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The Sociopath Next Door
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The Sociopath Next Door


Who is the devil you know?
Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband?
Your sadistic high school gym teacher?
Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings?
The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own?
In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He's a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They might be sociopaths too.

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that four percent of ordinary people--one in twenty-five--has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family, and they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.

Title:The Sociopath Next Door
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages
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    The Sociopath Next Door Reviews

  • John
    May 27, 2012

    DOES THE AUTHOR HAVE A CONSCIENCE?What I liked about this book: It is very well written. Dr. Stout’s ghostwriter is exceptionally gifted and the book has a delightfully brisk pace, very clear langua...

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jan 03, 2009

    An entertaining and informative book, the thesis of which is that the conscienceless among us are not restricted to the serial killers, CEO's, lawyers and politicians among us, but may also be teacher...

  • Petra Eggs
    Oct 07, 2008

    Somehow or other this review lost it's original story. I don't know how, so I'm putting it in. Not so much because it is a review of the book (it isn't) but because I never want to forget it, I want t...

  • Bob
    Jul 20, 2008

    This book has sparked more re-evaluation by me than any other book I've read for quite some time. The good news is that 96% of people have a conscience. The bad news is that 4% don't, and they can be ...

  • Stephanie
    Jan 26, 2009

    There's a whole lot of fear mongering going on here. The Sociopath Next Door, I'd give it 2.5. I keep going back and forth between 2 and 3 stars. According to Martha Stout, just about everyone knows a...

  • Matthew
    Feb 10, 2008

    If given the opportunity to read a text about sociopathy and its prevalence, don't bother reading Stout's work. Instead, read "Without Conscience" by the psychologist Hare. Hare's work on sociopathy i...

  • Caroline
    Mar 10, 2012

    ***NO SPOILERS***Two aspects of this book are noticeably fitting from the start: its cover design and its title. The cover’s zoomed-in focus on three pairs of eyes has significance that's unclear un...

  • Julie
    May 02, 2008

    Wow--4% of those around us are...sociopaths! Don't read this book if you have a tendency to be paranoid. I'm now looking around me now wondering, "Is SHE a sociopath? Is HE?"A sociopath is someone wit...

  • Laura
    Jul 06, 2008

    You know that neighbor of yours who ignores you when you say hello to him in the hall? Well, he might not be just a garden-variety jerk -- he may be A SOCIOPATH!! In fact, four percent of the United S...

  • Dino-Jess ? The Book Eating Dinosaur ?
    Feb 13, 2017

    Let's get this out of the way - I find the idea of sociopathy (some call it psychopathy, others call it anti-social personality disorder) infinitely fascinating. The fact that some people can go about...