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Summary

Even though the world is governed by laws, human beings are able to be free. In fact, there is no difference between being genuinely free and having a distinctively human psychological architecture. But self-deception and rationalization can result in the replacement of actual beliefs with operational pseudo-beliefs. When this happens, the result is a sociopathic pseudo-person. The difference between a sociopath and a psychopath is that, whereas the sociopath once had a distinctively human psychological architecture, the psychopath never developed such an architecture to begin with. Thus, whereas the sociopath's personality is that of an ossified human, the psychopath has no real personality to speak of. What the psychopath lacks in the way of an actual identity, he replaces with narratives, the primary function of which is to give a semblance of cohesiveness to his otherwise gelatinous psyche, and a secondary function of which is to defraud others. But the psychopath's tendency to defraud others is merely a way of providing external reinforcement for his flimsy narrative-based faux-identity.

©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski

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utterly cogent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, deep, clear, thorough answers to questions that are seldom asked, but should be, and never answered

What was one of the most memorable moments of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the discussion of different kinds of mental illness

What about Mitchell Johnson’s performance did you like?

its morally centered quality

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the discussion of intentions

Any additional comments?

a tour de force

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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beyond good

Would you listen to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy again? Why?

yes, very rich in information

What was one of the most memorable moments of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the discussion of second-order desires

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mitchell Johnson?

maybe

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, it's six hours long

Any additional comments?

the author is great

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  • David
  • 25-09-16

Breathtaking

Would you listen to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy again? Why?

I have never encountered such virtuosity, such authorativeness in an author. It all comes together, like a Mozart symphony.

What did you like best about this story?

The way that the psychoanalytic discussions of Einhorn and Wittgenstein managed to unify all of the previous material.

Which scene was your favorite?

The discussion of Wittgenstein.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's too long for that, and it's too rich in information. Every sentence demands consideration.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has a friendly and relaxed tone, but he was not in his element here.

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  • Linda
  • 30-09-16

medically accurate

Would you consider the audio edition of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy to be better than the print version?

Yes, because when you listen to it, you have to consider all of it. You can't skip through, which one has a tendency to do this sort of material, because it is so rich in emotional resonances and logical nuances.

What did you like best about this story?

the shrewd analyses of psychopathy, the careful psychoanalytic stage-setting that precede it

Have you listened to any of Mitchell Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

If you could give Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy a new subtitle, what would it be?

peeling away the mask of sanity

Any additional comments?

the author is uncannily knowledgeable, about many, many things. and what a writer! he is an inspired poet!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Sam
  • 29-09-16

a bit technical but good

What did you love best about Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the psychological parts

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the psychological parts

What aspect of Mitchell Johnson’s performance would you have changed?

he did not enunciate, sounded like he was reading an add for insurance

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, the parts about the masks that the psychopath wears rang some serious bells

Any additional comments?

like the psychoanalysis more than i like the philosophy, the narrator was not so good

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jared
  • 29-09-16

psychopathically good!

What did you love best about Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the discussion of mental illness

What was one of the most memorable moments of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the analysis of determinism

Which scene was your favorite?

the discussion of ira einhorn

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

behind the mask of sanity

Any additional comments?

brilliant

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Anya
  • 27-09-16

a latter day Maimonides

What made the experience of listening to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy the most enjoyable?

the penetrating discussions of cultural icons towards the end

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the blistering critique of the counter-culture movement

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

it was relaxed. he did not articulate well at times.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that Wittgenstein simply wasn't very smart.

Any additional comments?

the author is absolutely, absolutely a genius

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 02-10-16

a complex and deep work

What made the experience of listening to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy the most enjoyable?

the range, it had scope, as well as depth; it was vast, and yet centered

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the tightly analytical nature of it, combined with oddly literary, and rather profound, anecdotes or stories.

What about Mitchell Johnson’s performance did you like?

the hypnotic calmness

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

too long for that, too much information

Any additional comments?

there is a lot in this book

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • 01-10-16

the inhuman condition philosophicall explained

Would you listen to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy again? Why?

yes, it must be listened to several times.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

the discussion of determinism

What three words best describe Mitchell Johnson’s performance?

gomer pyle lives

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, the way that psychology was explained in terms of natural science, and natural science in terms of metaphysics...I was impressed

Any additional comments?

author good, narrator ok but not right for this job

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  • Shyaporn
  • 30-09-16

beyond good

If you could sum up Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy in three words, what would they be?

Authenticity is hard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

not appropriate, since non fiction

What about Mitchell Johnson’s performance did you like?

the easy going tone

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that predictability is different from determinism

Any additional comments?

I like the parts on causation. The author is really at home there.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Winston
  • 29-09-16

beyond good

Would you listen to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy again? Why?

yes, it is very, very rich in information

What did you like best about this story?

the discussion of Foucault, it was refreshingly honest

What does Mitchell Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

a kind of folksy quality

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the discussion of foucault

Any additional comments?

it's a great book

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 05-10-16

good book, so so narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, because informative.

What other book might you compare Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy to and why?

the mask of sanity, by harvey cleckley

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

did not enunciate clearliy

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

the distinction between psychopathy and sociopathy

Any additional comments?

brilliant book, not the right narrator. not bad, but not appropriate for this part.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful