Wisdom of Psychopaths What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us about Success

ISBN-10: 0374533989
ISBN-13: 9780374533984
Edition: N/A
Authors: Kevin Dutton
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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

One of Amazon.com's "Big Fall Books of 2012"One of "Slate"'s Twenty Overlooked Books of 2012"A terrifically entertaining and chilling book." --"Slate"In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit.Dutton argues that there are indeed "functional psychopaths" among us--different from their murderous counterparts--who use their unflinching and charismatic personalities to thrive. He deconstructs this misunderstood diagnosis through on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research, as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with a con artist, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.As Dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, he argues that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, psychopaths tend to be confident, charming, and ruthless--qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century. Provocative at every turn, "The Wisdom of Psychopaths "is a riveting adventure that reveals that it's our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of prosperity.

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