Confessions of a Sociopath

Author: M.E. Thomas

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307956660

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap—right from the source—for dealing with the sociopath in your life. As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.” Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Confessions of a Sociopath

Author: M. E. Thomas

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0283071907

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to find your flaws, that she is ruthlessly manipulative, has no empathy and does not feel guilt or remorse. But she does like people - she likes to touch them, mould them and ruin them. She could be your friend or your boss. She could be you . . . Now she writes with breathtaking honesty about her life. She also draws on the latest research to explain why at least one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths - and shows why that's not a bad thing. By turns fascinating, shocking and funny, Confessions of a Sociopath is a gripping insight into the mind of a self-confessed predator.

Summary of M.E. Thomas's Confessions Of A Sociopath

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 67

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 The young woman in the story is giving a private swim lesson. She notices a baby opossum in the pool, and saves it. She returns home at dusk, and sees a dark shadow at the bottom of the pool. #2 I am a sociopath. I suffer from antisocial personality disorder, which is defined by the DSM as a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others. I am not a victim of child abuse, and I have never skulked behind prison walls. #3 The Sociopaths are the charming, confident people of the world. We are not bothered by continuous eye contact, and our lack of concern about looking away politely is often perceived as being confident, aggressive, seductive, or predatory. #4 People often say that sociopaths lack remorse or guilt, but this is not a bad thing. remorse and guilt are necessary to being a good person, but there is no universal morality.

The Myth of the Born Criminal

Author: Jarkko Jalava,Stephanie Griffiths,Michael Maraun

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442622946

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 1498


By some estimates, there are as many as twelve million psychopaths in the United States alone. Cold-blooded, remorseless, and strangely charismatic, they commit at least half of all serious and violent crimes. Supposedly, most serial killers are psychopaths, as, surprisngly, are large numbers of corporate executives. They seem to be an inescapable, and fascinating, threat in our midst. But is psychopathy a brain disorder, as many scientists now claim? Or is it just a reflection of modern society’s deepest fears? The Myth of the Born Criminal offers the first comprehensive critique of the concept of psychopathy from the eighteenth-century origins of the born-criminal theory to the latest neuroimaging, behavioural genetics, and statistical studies. Jarkko Jalava, Stephanie Griffiths, and Michael Maraun use their expertise in neuropsychology, psychometrics, and criminology to dispel the myth that psychopathy is a biologically-based condition. Deconstructing the emotive language with which both research scientists and reporters describe the psychopaths among us, they explain how the idea of psychopathy offers a comforting neurobiological solution to the mystery of evil. A stunning merger of rigorous science and clear-sighted cultural analysis, The Myth of the Born Criminal is for anyone who wonders just what truth – or fiction – lurks behind the study of psychopathy.

Jane Austen and Altruism

Author: Magdalen Ki

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000650618

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

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Jane Austen and Altruism identifies a compelling theme, namely, the view that Jane Austen propounds a rigorous, boundary-sensitive model of altruism that counters the human propensity to selfishness and promotes the culture of cooperation. In her days, altruism was commonly known as "benevolence", "charity," or "philanthropy", and these concepts overlap with Auguste Comte’s later definition of altruism as "otherism". This volume argues that Austen’s thinking co-opts the evolutionary idea that altruism is seldom truly pure, egoism cannot be eradicated, and boundless group altruism is not sustainable. However, given that she comes from a naval and clergy family, she witnesses the power of wartime patriotism, the Evangelical revival, the Regency culture of politeness, and the sentimental novels. In her novels, she locates human relationships along an altruism continuum that ranges from enlightened selfishness to pathological altruism. Unconditional love is hard to find, but empathy, kin altruism, reciprocal exchange, and group altruism are key to the formation of self-identity, family, community and the nation state.

Gone

Author: Leona Deakin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473561051

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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WOMAN & HOME'S BEST THRILLER OF 2019 'If you like a proper, twisty nerve-wracking thriller, here's one for you!' Emma Curtis, author of One Little Mistake Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read: YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME. DARE TO PLAY? The police aren't worried - it's just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all. And that something makes them very dangerous indeed. As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people. But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear? WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GONE: 'Sensational' ***** 'I will say phenomenal. Although that doesn't cover how good this book is' ***** 'Complete mind-twisting and gripping suspense' ***** 'I raced through it desperate to get to the end while not wanting it to end' ***** 'What a riveting psychological thriller' ***** 'It is dark, riveting, twisty and cruel' ***** 'Wow . . . this book was fabulous' ***** 'Belter of a psychological thriller' ***** 'Please write another novel soon, I need the adrenaline rush' ***** DR BLOOM IS BACK IN LOST, THE SENSATIONAL FOLLOW UP TO GONE - AVAILABLE NOW

The Moral Conflict of Law and Neuroscience

Author: Peter A. Alces

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022651353X

Category: Law

Page: 368

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Law relies on a conception of human agency, the idea that humans are capable of making their own choices and are morally responsible for the consequences. But what if that is not the case? Over the past half century, the story of the law has been one of increased acuity concerning the human condition, especially the workings of the brain. The law already considers select cognitive realities in evaluating questions of agency and responsibility, such as age, sanity, and emotional distress. As new neuroscientific research comprehensively calls into question the very idea of free will, how should the law respond to this revised understanding? Peter A. Alces considers where and how the law currently fails to appreciate the neuroscientific revelation that humans may in key ways lack normative free will--and therefore moral responsibility. The most accessible setting in which to consider the potential impact of neuroscience is criminal law, as certain aspects of criminal law already reveal the naivet� of most normative reasoning, such as the inconsistent treatment of people with equally disadvantageous cognitive deficits, whether congenital or acquired. But tort and contract law also assume a flawed conception of human agency and responsibility. Alces reveals the internal contradictions of extant legal doctrine and concludes by considering what would be involved in constructing novel legal regimes based on emerging neuroscientific insights.

Chaucer's Losers, Nintendo's Children, and Other Forays in Queer Ludonarratology

Author: Tison Pugh

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496217616

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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Tison Pugh looks at the intersection of narratology, ludology, and queer studies, providing a range of theoretical interpretive strategies for uncovering the queer potential of gaming texts and textual games while demonstrating the wide applicability of queer ludonarratology throughout the humanities.

Pedagogical Tact

Author: Max van Manen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315422840

Category: Psychology

Page: 239

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Pedagogical Tact describes how teacher-student relations possess an improvisational and ethical character. The daily realities of educators, parents, and childcare specialists are pedagogically conditioned by sensitive insights, active thoughtfulness, and the creative ability to act caringly and appropriately in the immediacy of the moment. Internationally known educator Max van Manen shows through recognizable examples and evocative stories how good teaching is driven by the phenomenology of pedagogy. His book-refocuses educators and others away from an emphasis on instrumental skills and technocratic programs toward the need for pedagogical tact;-describes how pedagogical actions have latent effects that will influence children throughout their lives;-shows how our actions with young people have pedagogically ethical and moral significance;-gives educators back their original vocational motivation and inspiration.

Young People Reading

Author: Evelyn Arizpe,Gabrielle Cliff Hodges

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351966405

Category: Education

Page: 194

View: 1806


The value of small-scale qualitative research projects into young people’s reading is often underestimated. Yet these finely tuned studies, with a precise focus and highly specialised approach, can provide us with profound insights into the richness and variety of young people’s reading practices. Bringing together contributors from six continents, this fascinating volume explores researchers’ experiences of investigating the reading habits, preferences and practices of young people aged 12–21. Detailing a variety of empirical methodologies and research methods, its chapters also consider reading in an array of contexts, in various languages and using diverse media. Key issues addressed in the book include: the complexity of sociocultural similarities and differences in young people’s reading in international contexts multilingual, bilingual and monolingual readers’ experiences of reading how young readers use a range of different print and digital media how our understanding of the range of texts available to young readers and the different contexts of and purposes for reading can be enhanced through small-scale qualitative research. Providing in-depth discussion of contributors’ research and findings, and touching on many different contexts, text types and media, this volume will support and inspire current and future researchers, lecturers and teachers interested in young people’s reading.