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Confessions of a Sociopath [Kindle Edition]

M. E. Thomas
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A compelling, extraordinary memoir into life as a diagnosed sociopath.

M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to find your flaws, that she is ruthlessly manipulative, has no empathy and does not feel guilt or remorse.

But she does like people - she likes to touch them, mould them and ruin them. She could be your friend or your boss. She could be you . . .

Now she writes with breathtaking honesty about her life, from the confusion of trying to fit in as a child to her growing need for power over others, from her successful stratagems at work and in love to the disasters that brought her greater understanding of herself and the motivation to control her behaviour - most of the time. She also draws on the latest research to explain why at least one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths - and shows why that's not a bad thing.

By turns fascinating, shocking and funny, Confessions of a Sociopath is a gripping insight into the mind of a self-confessed predator.


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Praise for "Confessions of a Sociopath""[A] gripping and important book...revelatory...quite the memorable roller coaster ride."--"New York Times Book Review ""[F]ascinating...part memoir, part psychological treatise, and entirely not to be trusted."--"Boston Globe""The goal of "Confessions" is to redefine sociopathy--or at least to shake off the stigma associated with it. And Thomas accomplishes both. Through her honest portrayal of herself as a highly capable yet deeply flawed individual, she demystifies her disorder."--"Scientific American""[F]ascinating stuff, and Thomas delivers...riveting...chilling....Her incisive observations about human nature can be breathtakingly pointed."--"Cleveland Plain Dealer""An essential, unprecedented memoir...intelligent, measured...[H]er arguments against using the diagnosis as an indicator of evil or a pre-emptive reason to imprison are a slam-dunk. This is a critical addition to narratives of mental illness, deepened by the awareness that we're reading someone whose most intense motivation is 'acquisition, retention, and exploitation of power'."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review"Fascinating and compelling as well as chilling, Thomas' memoir offers a window into the mind of a portion of the population that usually remains shrouded in mystery and fear."--"Booklist", starred review"[Thomas] invites us into her courtroom, classroom and bedroom to witness how her behavior has stunted her work life and made her love life difficult....Much here is chilling, but there are also cracks that make you ache for her....A work of advocacy for greater awareness of sociopathy's reach and conduct."--"Kirkus Reviews"

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M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to find your flaws, that she is ruthlessly manipulative, has no empathy and does not feel guilt or remorse. But she does like people - she likes to touch them, mould them and ruin them. She could be your friend or your boss. She could be you . . . Now she writes with breathtaking honesty about her life. She also draws on the latest research to explain why at least one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths - and shows why that's not a bad thing. By turns fascinating, shocking and funny, Confessions of a Sociopath is a gripping insight into the mind of a self-confessed predator. 'Gripping and important . . . revelatory . . . quite the memorable roller coaster ride' Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, for New York Times Book Review 'Fascinating . . . That the author is female somehow makes Confessions of a Sociopath all the more chilling' Boston Globe

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confessions of a Sociopath. 26 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A bit too long winded, but nevertheless very interesting, a valued lesson on a type of personality some may be compelled to try and change for the greater good, and why not to bother. A great insight on how to manage such a personality if they cannot be avoided for so offen they cannot be removed from any contact, as so many of us know at least one sociopath.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haters Gunna Hate 13 Jan. 2015
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Format:Paperback
Like marmite, the memoirs of M. E. Thomas stand amongst a horde of mixed reviews, with some hailing the writing as “try-hard” or “overly asserting her negative characteristics”, whilst others say they read the book in order to understand and find compassion for sociopaths but failed to be able to do so. All of which reeks of having not quite comprehended what a sociopath is.
However, within the three vague sections of the book [the individual, the family and the career], the reader will find Thomas to be everything that the tin describes: she is a sociopath [read: malignant narcissist, non-relatable character, unreliable narrator and manipulative high-achiever], which means that if you are seeking to become better acquainted with a person displaying sociopathic tendencies then you have picked up the right book. Nevertheless, it is a book to be read with a sceptical mind; taking into consideration the characteristics of a sociopath, the read should be treated with an awareness of the manipulation that sociopaths are so renowned for.
Thomas, all things considered, is rather off-putting as a writer, for more than her tales of cold-hearted self-absorbance. Lacking in empathy herself, the writing comes across as dry, plot-less and somewhat similar to that of a textbook, which I found thrilling as it only supported her assumed identity and gave weight to her words. However, it is not for everyone and it is certainly not a book for those without an intense interest in psychology as, like many misguided reviewers, the sheer self-indulgence and narcissism from the outset will not entice the reader to continue past “I am intelligent and confident and charming”. This is not a Hero's Journey tale.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Behind the mask is...nothing. 21 Jan. 2015
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For someone who is apparently so intelligent and charming, M.E. Thomas has managed to write a deeply dull and uninteresting book. She repeatedly claims that if you (the reader) were to meet her, you would be charmed, that she would seduce you. I find that incredibly unlikely.

The internal world she reveals (in painstakingly minute and unimportant detail) is much the same as that of any self-obsessed modern person. The things that she finds so remarkable about herself, seem to me to be fairly ordinary facets of the average person's personality. She rarely gives any examples of why or how her incredible traits are used, instead just repeatedly assuring us that she is intelligent, seductive, charming etc. On the rare occasions she backs these statements up, it is usually with very common situations that I expect most people encounter every day.

This book is also riddled with inconsistencies. Of course, Thomas mentions not only that she has obscured names and details, but also that she is a compulsive liar. She's not a terribly good one. If you can't get your facts straight when you have all the time in the world to write them down, then I doubt you'd be very good at keeping things straight when thinking on your feet.

She seems determined to make us think well of sociopaths / psychopaths. She repeatedly offers up single pieces of research that back up her ideas that sociopaths are in many ways better than empaths. It comes across as needy (something I wouldn't expect from a sociopath).

My overall impression of the author ended up being one of pity. She cuts a rather pathetic figure. Someone constantly trying to justify herself. I imagine her as a kind of David Brent type figure. Someone whose own self image is totally at odds with how they appear in reality.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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She says she is a sociopath. I question how she scored on the test - anyone who has ever taken that test can easily figure out what to say to score high on the scale or low depending on the outcome they want. She spoke on Dr Phil about how she feels that she is careless with knives, and when she cuts herself with one she feels thrilled by it- this is not a sociopathic trait. She says in her book that "I am not completely immune to feeling blue. Of the negative emotions I feel, regret is the saddest and strongest. " This is the opposite of what I know of sociopaths. They regret nothing. Honestly I quit reading after that (at 50%) because it got boring half way through. I think she is more delusional than sociopathic. Definitely a narcissist, possibly with some other mental disorder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I chose this book as I was looking for answers. I am going through a difficult period and was hoping take on the Journey of self discovery.

This book highlights the distinction between psychopath and sociopath. It can be said that their are many advantages having sociopathic traits, these advantages can make you very successful in some professions. That said it does have its drawbacks. The writer comes across and very charming, intelligent and successful from her story, but is still missing something and always has the possibility of self-destructing.

There wasn't a huge deal to laugh at as it wasn't that type of read. The anecdotes where not that all that shocking either. The intrigue into how the writer thought kept the pages turning.

There were times when it seemed like the writer was almost trying to glorify sociopathy, but it the end I really believe that the writer just wanted to remove the bad connotations from the label.

Not a bad read.
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Although I finished the book it took me a while. I didn't find it compulsive reading and felt pretty average really.
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Great read , it explains very well how a Sociopath thinks .how they manipulate people. so easily .think everyone needs to read this ....
Published 1 month ago by susanne61
1.0 out of 5 stars boring from start to finish
Read this book because it was chosen by my book club...struggled to finish it as found I just didn't care about this person...and no I am not a sociopath. Read more
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I am more than half way through this book and still not sure if I am enjoying it or just want to finish it.
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