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The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test [Kindle Edition]

Jon Ronson
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‘I began The Psychopath Test late at night, tired, dispirited and ill – then found myself laughing like the proverbial loon for page after page’ Will Self, Guardian

‘The belly laughs come thick and fast – my God, he is funny . . . Ronson’s new book is provocative and interesting, and you will, I guarantee, zip merrily through it’ Observer


"Because of Ronson's relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it's easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research." -- "The Boston Globe"

"A rollicking, page-turner of a book... no ordinary piece of investigative journalism... Ronson's storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer." -- "San Francisco Chronicle"

."..A book that manages to be as cheerily kooky as it is well-researched." -- "Los Angeles Times"

"Engagingly irreverent..." -- "New York Times "

"[A] fascinating and humane book..." -- "Washington Post Book World"

."..Both terrifying and hilarious." -- "O, The Oprah Magazine"

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Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of two bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and two collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness. He lives in London.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile but worrying 3 Oct 2013
By Stef-k
Format:Kindle Edition
A book about more than the title suggests, but also delivers slightly less than l hoped. It mostly tracks the authors own journey through the subject matter-very much in his usual style. Left me sure l wasn't a psychopath but certain at least one colleague was. Great as a weekend or holiday read but not a serious look at the subject of psycopathy. Also worthy gift for an ex wife or colleague you would prefer to estrange permanently.
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228 of 251 people found the following review helpful
By HeavyMetalMonty VINE VOICE
'People who are psychopathic prey ruthlessly on others using charm, deceit, violence or other methods that allow them to get what they want. The symptoms of psychopathy include: lack of a conscience or sense of guilt, lack of empathy, egocentricity, pathological lying, repeated violations of social norms, disregard for the law, shallow emotions, and a history of victimizing others.'
- Robert Hare, Ph.D

I've been hooked on Jon Ronson's writing since 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' was first published. Ronson cuts right to the heart of important topics by having the guts to ask the difficult questions. His literary style is equal parts journalistic rigour, deep compassion and incisive observational humour that often shines the light of ridicule on darker human behaviours. 'The Psychopath Test' explores psychiatry, psychopathology, medication and incarceration of 'dangerous' individuals. The book reads like a mystery novel, which - driven by Ronson's compelling prose - makes it difficult to put down.

The story begins with a meeting between Ronson and a history student who has received a cryptic book called 'Being or Nothingness' in the mail. The same book has been received by several individuals around the globe, most of whom work in the field of psychiatry. The book contains 42 pages, every second one blank. (This made me 'The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy', the ultimate answer to life, the Universe and Everything was 42. Was this relevant? Was the mysterious author of 'Being or Nothingness' implying that his cryptic messages, if decoded, could lead to enlightenment?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Brian Clegg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I had already read and enjoyed The Men who Stared at Goats, so had no hesitation on buying this book on the recommendation of author M. G. Harris - and it is even better.

The book starts with a mystery - a strange, expensively produced book that is being sent to a number of academics. No one knows what it means, or who has written it. Ronson solves this mystery, which leads him to taking the plunge into what he describes as the 'madness industry'. It might seem this is a subject that couldn't produce much humour, but what Ronson does so well is brings out the essential human funny bits, while not holding back on some of the surprising and sometimes horrific realities.

Whether he is dealing with a man who apparently is in a secure unit because he pretended to be mentally ill to avoid a jail sentence and now can't get out, to the mind-boggling possibility that over a million US children are being medicated for a mental condition that most of the rest of the world doesn't think exists, the book is a wonderful set of revelations, all tied together in an effortless, page-turner style.

Like Louis Theroux on TV, you sometimes get the feeling that the author is being a touch manipulative, telling us just a bit too much of his own anxieties and feelings to get us engaged - but you can forgive Ronson, because these are just such good stories, so well told.

Is it all true? You could almost say some of this stuff is so weird you couldn't make it up. I think it probably is, even if coloured a little to make the story tell well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Stuff 26 April 2014
Ronson has a knack of writing books that are fascinating and disturbing at the same time. In this he wades into the murky depths of psychiatry and mental heath, or as it is sometime called, the madness industry.

It starts with a request to investigate a strange book that had been sent to various people that was 42 pages long, was beautifully produced and was created by a anonymous author. This starts him off on the trail of people who study the mind and its inner secrets. He travels to Broadmoor (rather him than me) and meet a guy called Tony, who faked being a psychopath, and now cannot convince the medical staff that he isn't!

Ronson also meets Bob Hare, the man who has developed a twenty point checklist to ascertain if s person is a psychopath or not. Although it is flawed in some ways, it it probably the best thing that we have to spot these types of individuals.

He meets some famous psychopaths, and David Shayler, the ex MI5 agent who seems to have gone down the conspiracy nut route, and is acting stranger and stranger.

This is not a book that will give insights into how to spot psychopaths, nor is there a huge amount of detail into the traits that these people have, but you get Ronsons unique insight into people at the fringes of society, and those that have to deal with these individuals.

There are some disturbing parts in the book with some of the descriptions of murders, and there is one part in the book that is just chilling. Really work reading, not quite as good as some of his others, for example The Men Who Stare at Goats, but a good read nonetheless.
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