July 19, 2014

Review: Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Memoir
Release Date: May 14, 2013
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Book Description:

The first memoir of its kind, Confessions of a Sociopath is an engrossing, highly captivating narrative of the author's life as a diagnosed sociopath.

She is a charismatic charmer, an ambitious self-promoter, and a cunning and calculating liar. She can induce you to invest in her financial schemes, vote for her causes, and even join her in bed. Like a real-life Lisbeth Salander, she has her own system of ethics, and like Dexter, she thrives on bending and occasionally breaking the rules. She is a diagnosed, high-functioning, noncriminal sociopath, and this is her world from her point of view.

Drawn from the author's own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature, Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious. Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils for the very first time these people who are hiding in plain sight. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy, providing a road map for dealing with the sociopath in your life.

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*I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books  for an honest reivew

“I viewed everyone as objects, pieces in my chess game. I had no awareness of their own internal worlds and no understanding of their emotional palette because their bright hues were so different from my own drab shades of gray.” – Confessions of a Sociopath.

I absolutely loved this book. I spent a longer than usual time reading through it and taking everything in, and I have to say that with each passing chapter, Confessions of a Sociopath became more and more fascinating. M.E. Thomas definitely knows how to weave a tale, though the great thing about it is it’s truly not a tale of fiction. There are a lot of facts littered through the book about sociopaths and psychology, but what I loved most was seeing things from a new perspective.

When you hear people talking about sociopaths, typically it’s from a negative standpoint or a doctoral stand point, but this entire book comes straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak and I love it. Understanding how and why sociopaths view things and what their motivation is in life is simply intriguing. I was absorbed in this book for days, pouring over the information and taking my time to mark passages I found most interesting or most informative.

It was not only written well, but it oozed with intelligence and a sense of ego that was larger than anything I’ve ever seen. And I loved every second of it. It was stimulating learning that there isn’t just one type of sociopath in the world. That not all people with this stigma attached to them are inherently bad people.

They’re different, yes, on a functional and an emotional level, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to bad. And seeing things through Thomas’ eyes in her (I assume her, but I suppose I could be wrong though I don’t believe I am) book it’s really opened my eyes. It makes me want to observe people more often and see if I can place some of the things talked about in this book.

I’d definitely urge people who are interested in psychology and behavior to check out this book. I think you’ll get a real kick out of learning about things from a different perspective.

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Author Bio:

M. E. THOMAS is a diagnosed sociopath and the founder of SociopathWorld.com. She is not a killer.

Quite the contrary, she is an accomplished attorney and law professor who writes regularly for major law journals, donates 10 percent of her income to charity, and teaches Sunday school.

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