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Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding In Plain Sight [Paperback]

M. E. Thomas
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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"

From the Back Cover

'I like people. I like to touch them, to mould them and to ruin them'

M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning, non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realize that she is studying you to find your flaws, is ruthlessly manipulative and does not feel guilt or remorse. And since it is claimed that one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths, she could be your friend or your boss. She could be you.

Now she writes with breathtaking honesty about a life spent trying to blend in with 'normal' society while quietly inserting herself into people's minds to wreak as much havoc as she can. She draws on the latest research to explain what makes a sociopath and argues that their skill set - logical, decisive, risk-taking - means they have a lot to offer us, making excellent business leaders, politicians, surgeons, and lawyers like her. Captivating, shocking and funny, Confessions of a Sociopath is a gripping insight into the mind of a self-confessed predator.

'Fascinating . . . part memoir, part psychological treatise, and entirely not to be trusted' Boston Globe

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

M. E. Thomas is a practising attorney and law professor, and the founder of the popular blog
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