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This review is from: The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success (Paperback)
Kevin Dutton believes that psychopathy lies on a spectrum. His first book on the subject, 'The Wisdom of Psychopaths', reveals how psychopathic traits determine personal success. Bankers, politicians and surgeons, among other professionals, demonstrate 'grace under pressure' that Ernest Hemingway would have loved. According to Professor Dutton, this is to be encouraged.
This guide draws a distinction between 'good' and 'bad' psychopaths - those whose talents can serve the public, and those whose anti-social acts will send them to a cell. Professor Dutton notes as well that observation and regulation are still essential. He cites the recent recession as an example of what happens when amoral, fearless gamblers take too many risks in private.
Dutton's style is flawed. There are times when the guide reads like a giddy travelogue. One could also argue that personal assessment tests are no substitute for diagnostic tools. However, they are a good exercise in self-reflection. What the professor means to do with the results is anyone's guess. Hopefully, there will be another programme on Channel 4.
I'm not qualified to comment on the psychological underpinnings of the book. However, I know from experience that the advice therein is sound. Please buy the guide and read it through. It would be good to learn how many readers score as highly as I do.