The Wisdom of Psychopaths Paperback – 20 Sep 2012
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"Dutton tackles an elusive, important and much neglected aspect of the mind; our personality. He presents some highly original insights and does so in a provocative and humorous style" (V. S. Ramachandran, Gifford lecturer , Reith lecturer and author of The Tell-Tale Brain)
"The Wisdom of Psychopaths is a surprising, absorbing, and perceptive book set out in briskly readable prose and with gripping anecdotes. I found it altogether fascinating." (Philip Pullman)
"Dutton has written a masterful, readable, and entertaining treatise on psychopathy and its manifestations in everyday life. Some of his ideas will generate debate and controversy, but he clearly has provided a thought-provoking book for those seeking to understand the "psychopathic" world in which they live." (Robert Hare, PhD)
"Inspiring and revelatory. Dutton’s book gave me a real insight into who I really am." (Andy McNab)
"[W]onderfully entertaining… it beautifully depicts why psychopaths are the way they are on both a neurological and psychological level. Ultimately it's about understanding them and Dutton does an amazing job illustrating their inner workings. I don't think I have ever read a book that so skilfully blends a serious topic with an adventurous streak, especially when he undergoes a "psychopath make-over". Fast-paced, fun and smart, this is for everyone who wants to know more about what makes psychopaths tick! In short: An intriguing and captivating work about the psychopath's mind!" (The Book Garden)
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Although I was keen to read more about this from a "renowned psychologist" (see back cover), I soon became frustrated with this book. It is partly the tendency to gallop off at a tangent, losing the thread in the process. The subjective nature of many observations, coming from a scientist, made me uneasy. "But there's evidence to suggest that, deep within the corridors of the brain, psychopathy and sainthood share secret neural office space."
Experiments are cited but they often seem chosen for their gimmicky appeal with confusing explanations of the research methods used. I could have done with a simple diagram of the various parts of the brain and an explanation of things like synapses and neurons in context!
I was also put off by the roller-coaster of Kevin Dutton's overblown prose style. "Streaming behind our fuel-injected, turbo-charged brains are ancient Darwinian vapour trails stretching all the way back to the brutal, blood-soaked killing fields of prehistory."
Too often, there is a breathless capital letter. At the start of every phrase. When he is getting carried away. To quote from his meeting with an American con man. "At close quarters. I distinctly remember our meeting in New Orleans. And how I felt at the time. Enthalled but creeped out ...... Despite the millionaire yachtsman vibe, I was under precious few illusions as to the kind of man I was dealing with. Here in all his glory was a psychopath. A predatory social chameleon.Read more ›
I suggest reading Martha Stout, Hervey Cleckley, Robert Hare and most importantly Andrew Lobaczewski and THEN go back and read Dutton. You'll see how truly shallow and misleading this book is.
If you could't before, this book will teach you the warning signs to look out for. Psychopaths are all around, they are not only brutal murderers or master criminals, but also tend to be drawn to become policemen and lawyers.
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If, like me, you're interested in what makes people tick, you'll find this book fascinating. A great insight into the mind of the psychopath.Published 3 months ago by Hunkie Chunks
Interesting Title, But The Caption Is Poorly Presented! The Results? The Publication Of A Book That Waffles! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anne Eraov-Reviews
Interesting, but as another reviewer pointed out, "The Entertainment Value of Psychopaths" would have been a more appropriate title for this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by HairyBumMan
a goood solidly researched book although non completely objectivePublished 11 months ago by pugtheblackmage
Made me see how psychopathic traits can be adaptive and useful to society.Published 11 months ago by Caroline Thomas
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