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The Psychopath Test Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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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
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I will never watch Jeremy Kyle again...at least not without thinking more humanely about the participants.
A few weeks ago, my colleague and I were alone on the late shift on a Friday evening. He was talking about some study that said a lot of CEO's in major corporations are likely psychopaths, and he started searching for a book about it on Amazon. I'd heard about this study too, and while searching myself, I came across Jon Ronson's book The Psyhopath Test. Bought it on a whim as I quite like Men Who Stared at Goats (which he wrote as well).
I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. He has a very funny quirky writing style, and you can't help liking him.
He manages to tie together a series of somewhat unrelated events in his life, into a book "largely" about psychopaths, and the test that most institutions now use to define psychopaths, who psychopaths are, what they mean for society, how they fit in, and how many there are.
At first it's quite scary, you think "Gosh, there sure are a lot of psychopaths in the world", while suspiciously looking at the person sitting next to you at work, but then he sort of manages to steer you to the fact that maybe people are being overdiagnosed with mental conditions, and what an overeager psychiatrist may see as a mental condition, may be no more than normal human quirkiness.
If you are looking for something that will teach you something about psychopaths (quite a lot actually), but still be amused, then I can definitely recommend this book.
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