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4.0 out of 5 stars useful material, 13 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless versus the Rest of Us (Paperback)
I have read the most negative reviews and appreciate some remarks to be valid, however, this book is most definitely worth every penny and I personally highly recommend it. Is an incredibly useful resource.

The author has had a couple of decades dealing with trauma victims, the material is well researched and it's a useful read.
I believe people heading for jury service, the judge and the bobby on the street would find content useful as well as the rest of us - especially the references to 'gaslighting'.

Psychopaths/sociopaths are fundamentally manipulative, often extremely clever and subsequently covert in their modus operandi. They assess victims and use them. I believe Martha goes a long way to help us identify 'sociopaths' but, e.g. in order to see a black hole, you generally need to observe the chaos around it.

Martha tells us the ways a sociopath comes into being and qualifies her statements with references to scientific research, she speaks of Reactive Attachment Disorder and analogises with regards to the Romanian baby adoptions of the 90's. This sort of material is useful in understanding how an individual can come to be the way they are - someone you know perhaps. Though parenting style can shape mental disorders which may be genetic so you have to read this book in the knowledge that sociopathy is a little deeper than this book is able to detail.

She's clear in explaining the 'scale' on which a sociopath works (meaning some are just content to control their spouse and young children to the more Lex Luther or rich millionaire types).

To fault it: I think some of the case studies could be shorter and a few more examples.
It needs bringing up to date to include an example of how a sociopath could use modern technologies to feed their need to control - and you definitely have an increase above the 1 in 25 when in niche areas - such as specialist technologies which are a petri dish perfect for culturing 'control' of small groups to feed the sociopaths selfish and often destructive needs.

Follow this book up with The Mask of Sanity - can't review this because I didn't get it from Amazon but it's probably the most spectacular book on the subject of psychopathology.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2011 23:06:02 GMT
G-witch says:
Review it anyway! I don't think they mind and the rest of us would welcome your insight.
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