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I had to write this review, as I am ...
on 29 June 2015
I had to write this review, as I am learning anew that this is not the information as to guard you against "psychopaths"
The fact that Thomas Sheridan takes one broad brush and labels all "predators" as psychopaths and even refuses to acknowledge other terms under the DSM, is wanton abuse on his behalf.
If You find yourself in an abusive relationship, the chances are if you do recognise the true nature of the abuser, you will not recognise the true nature of the abused, and so may head off in the direction of another abusive relationship.
There are many who are authorities on personality disorders, one who can not be beaten on the subject is a self aware NPD with Psychopathic scored Sam Vaknin.
Please do some research if you are or have been in abusive relationship. If you are just train spotting "psychopaths" this is an interesting and entertaining read.
Defending Thomas Sheridan, he never claimed to be an expert, yet I thought of him when I found out I was in another of these relationships.
Narcissism comes in all sizes, with many different types of behaviour. Covert, and Overt, Cluster B, some Narcissism actually masks many other disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorders, and dare I say it, but even Narcissism exists in the victim as internal Narcissism such as Co-dependence.
Hindu's believe this is the age of ignorance, the age of materialism, the age of misery. Sam Vaknin also summed it up as Ntopia.
If the world is to overcome Narcissism, then it can no remain in ignorance, There is no evidence to say that Narcissism is heredity and more evidence to suggest that these disorders are based in childhood trauma's.
I am truly sorry I read this book, as it lays the blame at the door at the Psychopath. Yet we have to learn that we have all become tainted with this disorder in one way or another, and that the answer, yes is in healing, and healing from the wounds that these people cause. Yet we also have to be aware that we need to heal deeper as to learning that some patterns of abuse were laid down in suppressed childhood issues, only to be played out again and again in toxic relationships until you realise as to why this is happening.
Responsibility has to be taken as to the willingness to be a victim. Which is a disorder in itself. Based in childhood trauma.