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The Sociopath Next Door: by Martha Stout

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By: Instaread
Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
Length: 32 mins
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Summary

Please Note: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book.

Sociopaths comprise an alarming four percent of the population; that is, one in every 25 people is a sociopath. But this mental disorder is not well understood and many people fail to recognize it in others, which makes sociopaths difficult to identify and potentially very dangerous. It is urgent that people understand what a sociopath is and learn to recognize their revealing traits in order to protect themselves against these individuals who otherwise blend into the general population.

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Excellent (if brief) insights in Sociopathy

I mistakenly brought this assuming it was the entire original book, not an abridged summary. At first I was disappointed with my error- however, I have listened to the book several times and it is excellent. The narration is first class and the insights into the world of the sociopath are helpful, enlightening and easy to understand. I am desperate to listen to the whole original book, so please, please publishers- make it happen.

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Extremely repetitive, lacking detail

Psychopaths lack the ability to feel guilt. x100

There’s nothing in this book that isn’t already covered by the top result of searching “how to spot a psychopath” into google.

Even Wikihow gives a more detailed insight to the topic.

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  • Eric
  • 13-09-17

Good overview

Nice quick review for therapists working with this population. I listened to it as a refresher for my clinical work.

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  • Bonnie Patterson
  • 05-12-19

This is stupid==shallow and not what I expected.

This is stupid==shallow and not what I expected. It is a pay-for-review, not a book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-19

It is very important to identify them . Thanks

It is important not to justify them in order not to suffer this kind of personalities. We need expert books like this one.

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  • Shepard O. Humphries
  • 09-02-19

Too short

I read summarized books because I do not have much time, however this one was much too abbreviated to be of use. I think that this book and topic would more properly fill 90 minutes then 27 minutes.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 28-09-18

dry and unremarkable

This is a synopsis of the full book of the same title. Each chapter has a summary followed by "take-aways." These are delivered in such a dry, dull manner that you won't remember any of them. I suspect the full book has real-life examples and anecdotes that make the points understandable and more interesting, so skip this and read the other.