The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

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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
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ISBN : 0767915828
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 pages


John rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 07, 2016

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 language, and (mostly) smooth transitions. Its substance, however, is cartoonish pop psychology masqueradi...

Bill rated it ★★★☆☆

October 06, 2017

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 teachers, doctors, nurses, clergy--anyone who is impervious to the bond of love and cares about nothing...

Petra Eggs rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 05, 2015

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 to set it down. Living next door to a sociopath is terrible, one of the worst things you an imagin...

Bob rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 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 a real problem, especially because their destructiveness may go undetected for some time. The aut...

Stephanie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 27, 2012

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 few sociopaths.......DUH. I know two people for sure that I used to work with....they were chill...

Matthew rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 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 is notable in the field, and after reading it, you will be shocked to notice that entire sections...

Caroline rated it ★★★★★

November 21, 2016

***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 until many pages in, a significance that no doubt will startle and intrigue. As for the title, it mig...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 28, 2009

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 States' population is composed of sociopaths. You know what this means, don't you? TROUBLE!! That m...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

May 09, 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 without conscience (in short, they cannot love or attach value to other living things). One WITH con...

David rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2014

This is a good, though somewhat light (being intended for the pop-psych crowd) description of just what a sociopath is, what makes them tick, how to recognize them, and how to avoid them. It's not full of gruesome crimes or case studies, because Stout's key message is that sociopaths, for the mos...

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