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The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success

The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success [Kindle Edition]

Andy McNab , Kevin Dutton
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An enlightening and entertaining look at how to use your inner psychopath to get the most out of LIFE

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What is a good psychopath? And how can thinking like one help you to be the best that you can be?

Professor Kevin Dutton has spent a lifetime studying psychopaths. He first met SAS hero Andy McNab during a research project. What he found surprised him. McNab is a diagnosed psychopath but he is a GOOD PSYCHOPATH. Unlike a BAD PSYCHOPATH, he is able to dial up or down qualities such as ruthlessness, fearlessness, conscience and empathy to get the very best out of himself - and others - in a wide range of situations.

Drawing on the combination of Andy McNab's wild and various experiences and Professor Kevin Dutton's expertise in analysing them, together they have explored the ways in which a good psychopath thinks differently and what that could mean for you. What do you really want from life, and how can you develop and use qualities such as charm, coolness under pressure, self-confidence and courage to get it? The Good Psychopath Manifesto gives you a unique and entertaining road-map to self-fulfillment both in your personal life and your career.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jasper
We hear a lot about psychopaths in business, politics, medicine and other fields where they have power over others, power which they can presumably exploit. This is the common perception, and until reading Kevin Dutton's books was as far as my understanding of this went.

Then there is the untapped potential of the traits of psychopaths and how regular people can learn from their approach. In his first book on the subject, Dutton tests a psychopath's responses to situations and stimuli. How do such people react and in what ways is this different to regular folk?

It's an interesting book. This too is an interesting and thought provoking effort, and in places it's very amusing. It's also surprising, and throws some useful and informed light on an area of psychology that many people would simply assume is destructive and threatening. Good psychopaths and bad psychopaths, a strange way of looking at that particular area of the population but a wholly understandable one.

This is an intriguing book, one I would thoroughly recommend.

Fancy an unusual and funny read? Try Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys, a B movie in a book. Surprising and hilarious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars me and my mate! 26 July 2014
A strange book this. The main text is an authoritative and stimulating tour of the positive aspects of "psychopathy" using examples from research and the personal lifestyle of Andy McNab. As such there are useful and well made forays into the perils of vacillation and the rewards of instant gratification, and interesting they are too.
oh dear Prof Dutton, what made you think you could hide your fanboy worship of Andy in a populist psychology book? From the first few superfluous addresses of Andy as "mate" to the repeated anecdotes of "what me and my mate Andy did next" I started to wonder if this book was some sort of coded love letter. The strongest impression is of a dyed in the wool nerd who has somehow become mates with the school hard case (who also happens to sell millions of books), and every chapter regales us with laddish talk, swaggering little adventures and the cold beers they chug down. What Andy and the respective wives must think is not recorded, but the lasting thought is that Prof Dutton, already in the shade of his acquaintance Mark Mindfulness Williams, has hitched his wagon to a star and written a good book spoilt by his obsession with "look at me with me well hard mate" .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read! 2 Jun 2014
Andy McNab has been there and done that, from the SAS selection process to leading his troop in Iraq that suddenly went wrong. Capture and torture for him and several others. The man has seen an awful lot of things that would make most men whince!

Yet he has gone on to lead a very successful career as a writer and in other lines of work.

How? The answer lies in this book and it tells us he is a Psychopath, but one who can resist the urge to just start killing for the sake of killing.

It then proceeds to help us see that this ruthlessness, hardened, cold heartedness has led to his achievements in life.
It encourages us to recognise that the phrase Psychopath has us straight away thinking of serial killers when in fact Doctors, Lawyers and Bankers plus many more may also be labeled with the same title.

Not sure I agreed with everything it stated but it is a very insightful book and can indeed encourage us to be more decisive and courageous when the need may arise.

Definitely worth a look at, as it is a different approach to some of the self help books you see around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too much gung-ho bs 14 Jun 2014
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When factual quite interesting but the constant machismo gets dreary very quickly i.e. 'Andy tore open the mars bar' couldn't just open it and is him even eating a Mars bar noteworthy. It felt like the school nerd was worshipping his new 'best mate'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking chances well 31 July 2014
By Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed this book. I'm glad Andy McNab is on our side and not against us. I hope there's still enough like him in our army and intelligence services.

I think he describes well how he sees the world and assesses decisions very quickly. Kevin Dutton explains the brain science and psychology behind this later.

It seems to come down to an ability to seize an opportunity when it exists, without fear of the consequences for others left behind. In other words the psychopath just does something (often with purpose and planning) without much conscience, agonising or consideration. He or she just sees that "the opportunity is there" and "if I don't take it someone else will." and "it's what has to be done." The psychopath seems to have little or no room for self doubt. This can make for good decisions, but it can also be dangerous in some. It's a more rigorously intellectual approach to decision making, but pros weigh more than cons, opportunities more than threats. In some scenarios getting our feelings out of the way is very useful, in others getting our thoughts and feelings to work together is a saner approach

There's an interesting, and rather different, approach to life described in this book, particularly around making decisions and taking actions. It may not be everyone's way of working, but you can learn a lot from this approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down ...
Bought for friend for birthday, who has disclosed herself previously as being a psychopath - a good one! She loved it! Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Shortie
3.0 out of 5 stars a BIT of an odd BOOK
Psychopathy seems to be a popular subject recently, and I've read a few books on the subject, including Hare's original work, so I thought this might be an interesting addition to... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mike N
5.0 out of 5 stars Really thought provoking
Excellent read very enlightening
Published 9 days ago by mike swinson
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Published 10 days ago by Lana Germanova
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not the usual McNab but it works
Published 14 days ago by Amazing 1
4.0 out of 5 stars useful book
Bought as a kindle book its probably best as a real book due to the layout, having said the content is interesting and well argued and presented
Published 19 days ago by Mistermike
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit pointless.
Irritatingly written, and I'm not sure I see the point. Most of us aren't psychopaths because we don't need to be and probably don't want to be either. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Earwicker
3.0 out of 5 stars Story time...
Too anecdotal, and the information is hidden in rambling accounts where the narrator glorifies Andy McNab to the point where it becomes sycophantic! Read more
Published 26 days ago by David Dickinson
2.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Lives!
Like many people I was hoping for an entertaining read with some useful life tips.
What I got was a macho- boy guide to being successful, nasty ,but charming ,liberally... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jayne S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It took a little to get into this book with the way it was written in a 'he said, she said' format, but once I was used to it, it's a good read and very entertaining and useful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Drew
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