If you are bored and unfulfilled by dry and overly worthy self-help manuals, then this is the audiobook for you! Listen to this and take a very different look at yourself!
Former SAS hero Andy McNab and eminent psychologist Professor Kevin Dutton are unlikely partners. As Oxford academic and bestselling author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton has plenty of experience of psychopaths, but he'd never met anyone quite like Andy McNab, decorated war hero and special forces warrior. And although they took very different paths on their roads through life, their personal stories are remarkably similar.
Together they decided to explore the subject of the psychopathic condition using a unique combination of McNab's personal experiences of 20 years in the army and Dutton's ability to analyse them. In their words, McNab pulls the trigger, Dutton explains why the gun goes bang!
This audiobook sets out to answer two main questions: What is a good psychopath? And how can you use the positive attributes of that psychology to be the 'best that you can be' In order to do so, they have created a Psychopath Manifesto, an alternative set of rules for life, which begins by asking 'what do you really want from life' and 'what does success look like to you'? It then offers a candid and penetrating insight into those questions viewed using Dutton's expertise through the prism of Andy McNab's wild and various career. It aims to provide an unusual and entertaining roadmap to self-fulfillment whether in your personal life, your business life or your social life
©2014 Andy McNab and Kevin Dutton (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
I really enjoyed this book. I've read most of Andy's books since 'Bravo Two Zero', and this one is very different, as with Kevin's input, providing the background to Andy's perspective and thoughts, it has a more scientific element. There are plenty of little nuggets of information that are very useful and could be used by the reader to enhance their lives. It is written in Andy's inimitable style, as some of the language used in the book is a little blunt and coarse.
It all seems to come down to an ability to seize an opportunity when it exists, without fear of the consequences for others. In other words the psychopath just does something (often with purpose and planning) without much conscience, agonising or consideration. He or she just sees that "the opportunity is there" and "if I don't take it someone else will." and "it's what has to be done." I felt that this book was aimed at giving you confidence in yourself and for you to believe in your own decisions? It's a more rigorously intellectual approach to decision making, but pros weigh more than cons, opportunities more than threats. In some scenarios getting our feelings out of the way is very useful, in others getting our thoughts and feelings to work together is a saner approach
There's an interesting, and rather different approach to life described in this book, particularly around making decisions and taking actions. It may not be everyone's way of working, but you can learn a lot from this approach. I would not recommend that everyone who reads this book implement all the ideas Andy and Kevin discuss in this book, but there are certainly some great little ideas that most people could use to enhance their lives and make some big improvements.
A must read!
Nothing like it to compare with.
No - just very thought provoking.
A great book that once you've heard it through you'll go back to the start again. This has become my business mentality bible. Some of the most crazy common sense I've ever read!
Yes I would. Easy to use and easy to listen too.
Andy McNab.......... He is the most interesting of them
No I have not.
It made me think......
I will listen to it again and take notes.
Need to listen again but really enjoyed it and came away with some ideas to try out. Very easy to listen too
I really enjoyed this book. It was very practical and easy to listen to. It wasn't hard going like some self help/psychology books.
I'm going to listen to it again and take notes so that I can put as much into practice as possible.
My perfect night in: Cup of tea, all my wonderful audible books and dramas and a comfortable seat on top of my bed. Nuf sed'
Everything. The intelligence, the fact that everything Andy and Kevin talk about is related to real life, what people go through on a daily basis. It's realistic. I've read many books of this kind, and as an avid Mcnab fan I wanted to give this a go for different reasons. I can categorically define this as the best self help manual of it's kind on the market. 10/10.
Buy it and "read" it. This book is full of so many useful snippets of information, ideas and suggestions on how you can improve your life by unleashing your "inner Psychopath".
Note: Do not be put off by the title. Just buy it and listen to it and let the magic happen. I can honestly say that I use a lot of strategies already that are talked about in this book and can tell you they are both 100% right in what they are saying. They just extended the ideas to make even more sense to an even wider range of people.
Whether you're an office worker, lawyer, nurse, manual labourer...whatever! this book is designed to help you in ways you couldn't imagine. Cue my favourite phrase on audible reviews...
BRAVO MCNAB! (...and Dutton)
5 stars, seriously.. 5 stars should be saved for one of the BEST books you've ever read not this sort of thing. Is this really the one the finest works of literature that you've ever encountered? The 5 star review is fast becoming a meaningless barometer.
Near the top,
The colourful examples narrated by Andy McNab himself.
Their funny stories and blunt outlook.
It is essentially a Psychologist's view of what a Neuroscientist described in The Chimp Paradox.
This is humorous and interesting, but, to me, less specific and scientific than The Chimp Paradox.
Nevertheless, buy it, you won't be disappointed.
"I couldn't go the distance"
I've enjoyed Andy's books so far, but this is a work of self indulgence, navel gazing at its peak. It left me reaching for the off button.
I'd cut the whole book.
"Change the readers"
The performers voices made this almost impossible to enjoy. For anyone who has any issues with British humor and accent this is not the book for you
"A Fascinating Perspective on Old Problems"
Through the light hearted banter of a professor and his psychopathic friend, we take another look at common problems and psychological techniques. The psychopathic viewpoint takes the emotion out of common problems and presents them for straight forward solutions using current psychology. I found it useful to view my problems without, as the psychopath says, all the emotional "flopping around".
Essentially, a "bromantic" dialogue between 2 men with who are quite fond of one another with some questionable science and arm chair philosophy sprinkled in. Moreover, Dutton claims his coauthor is a psychopath. But the more you learn about McNab the more you realize that he is not. Sharing similar psychophysiological and neurophysiological correlations with some cohorts of criminal psychopaths does not make you a "Good psychopath." Nevertheless, I do recommend Dr Dutton's previous book, "The Wisdom of Psychopaths", without any reservations.
"Fascinating and Worthwhile"
I strongly recommend this audio book for anyone who has difficulty rolling anything of their shoulders. Additionally the banter between the two authors is fantastic.
"Enjoyable, and you might learn a thing or two!"
I try not to be 'that guy' that tells everyone they should read x,y,z book, but I find myself repeatedly breaking my rule with all of Kevin Dutton's books, especially this one.
The format and interplay between the authors works brilliantly, and it's at once hugely entertaining and interesting. What more could you ask for? You won't be disappointed.
"Cheers To The Misfits!"
A great read for all of those who feel like they just don't fall into the normal scheme of things. Those who are truly capable of acknowledging they need to grow in certain areas of their lives will get a lot out of this book. The way it is read keeps the flow of the book, upbeat, light hearted and fun. All while maintaining the integrity of a self-help book. I learned some great tricks, and had a laugh all at the same time. Cheers guys! (And I'm a Yank! See what you two have me doing by the end of this book?! Ha!)
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