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Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by [Thomas, M. E.]
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Gripping and important . . . revelatory . . . quite the memorable roller coaster ride (Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test New York Times Book Review)

Fascinating . . . That the author is female somehow makes Confessions of a Sociopath all the more chilling (Boston Globe)

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A compelling, extraordinary memoir into life as a diagnosed sociopath.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283071893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283071898
  • ASIN: B00BUOA2TY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a dreary attempt to cash in on the current high level of interest in sociopaths and psychopaths that it's surprising sociopaths aren't complaining that the author is misrepresenting them. It is such a shame this book fails to deliver, because a decent book written by a sociopath that goes deeper than this would be of interest to clinicians and the general reader alike. However, this is badly written and provides almost nothing in the way of reliable factual information about the condition. A better title would have been 'Ramblings of a Narcissist'.

There are so many better books on the subject (including The Sociopath Next Door) that people would do well to steer away from this.
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A bit too long winded, but nevertheless very interesting, a valued lesson on a type of personality some may be compelled to try and change for the greater good, and why not to bother. A great insight on how to manage such a personality if they cannot be avoided for so offen they cannot be removed from any contact, as so many of us know at least one sociopath.
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She says she is a sociopath. I question how she scored on the test - anyone who has ever taken that test can easily figure out what to say to score high on the scale or low depending on the outcome they want. She spoke on Dr Phil about how she feels that she is careless with knives, and when she cuts herself with one she feels thrilled by it- this is not a sociopathic trait. She says in her book that "I am not completely immune to feeling blue. Of the negative emotions I feel, regret is the saddest and strongest. " This is the opposite of what I know of sociopaths. They regret nothing. Honestly I quit reading after that (at 50%) because it got boring half way through. I think she is more delusional than sociopathic. Definitely a narcissist, possibly with some other mental disorder.
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Like marmite, the memoirs of M. E. Thomas stand amongst a horde of mixed reviews, with some hailing the writing as “try-hard” or “overly asserting her negative characteristics”, whilst others say they read the book in order to understand and find compassion for sociopaths but failed to be able to do so. All of which reeks of having not quite comprehended what a sociopath is.
However, within the three vague sections of the book [the individual, the family and the career], the reader will find Thomas to be everything that the tin describes: she is a sociopath [read: malignant narcissist, non-relatable character, unreliable narrator and manipulative high-achiever], which means that if you are seeking to become better acquainted with a person displaying sociopathic tendencies then you have picked up the right book. Nevertheless, it is a book to be read with a sceptical mind; taking into consideration the characteristics of a sociopath, the read should be treated with an awareness of the manipulation that sociopaths are so renowned for.
Thomas, all things considered, is rather off-putting as a writer, for more than her tales of cold-hearted self-absorbance. Lacking in empathy herself, the writing comes across as dry, plot-less and somewhat similar to that of a textbook, which I found thrilling as it only supported her assumed identity and gave weight to her words. However, it is not for everyone and it is certainly not a book for those without an intense interest in psychology as, like many misguided reviewers, the sheer self-indulgence and narcissism from the outset will not entice the reader to continue past “I am intelligent and confident and charming”. This is not a Hero's Journey tale.
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I can't believe I bought this. I can't believe I read it. It's not an in depth read about a sociopath but a dull, lifeless book about a boring, narcissist with the personality of a dish cloth. I read the reviews beforehand too but went against them. More fool me.
She writes in the book that she's more intelligent than the reader, I do hope not, after all I did have the intelligence to give up on this 'book'.
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I found this book fascinating, but it divides Amazon reviewers. I give several quotations below, so if you are thinking of buying it, you can decide if its style appeals to you:

"I am probably smarter than you, dear reader, but I know that in the rare instance this will not be true."

"I don't like people knowing things about me because it just means more things to remember I can't lie about"

"[at social gatherings] If I'm not listening, I'm probably telling a joke or shamelessly flattering you. I would probably rather not be talking to you at all, but since I am I might as well be polishing my charm"

"The Mid-West, a place so characterless it was as if it had been fashioned out of cardboard"

"I have to have a way to blow off steam. So I ruin people. It's not illegal, it's difficult to prove, and I get to flex my power"

"If I were only ruthless when I needed to be or only towards people who "deserved" it, I don't think I could be as effective. I would be constantly questioning myself - is this person worth it? Do I really need to be going after them in a particular way? Instead, my natural inclination is to be aggressive to everyone."

"I adhere to a religion [she is a Mormon]... The practice of it is just good sense - it keeps you out of prison and safely hidden in the crowd. But the heart of morality is something I have never understood."

"Most sociopaths want to hide their identity, but I don't want to hide forever...I want everyone to know that I'm a natural human variant. I want to take off the mask."

In places she uses more words than necessary, but she still writes readably and effectively.
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