Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas
A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

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“Confessions of a Sociopath” turns out to be an intermittently gripping and important book — albeit one that sags dramatically in the middle when the author goes on for ages about her not especially interesting childhood.
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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.com; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

 

About M.E. Thomas

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M. E. Thomas is a diagnosed sociopath and the founder of SociopathWorld.com. But she is not a killer. Quite the contrary, she is an accomplished attorney and law professor who writes regularly for major law journals, donates 10 percent of her income to charity, and teaches Sunday School.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Broadway Books. 318 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 30 2013

By turns a confession, an examination, and a self-justification, the veracity of Thomas’s narrative is open to question—she is a self-confessed liar and manipulator—but however fictional or distorted the story may be, Sullivan’s presentation of it is undeniably seductive.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 03 2013

This is a critical addition to narratives of mental illness, deepened by the awareness that we're reading someone whose most intense motivation is "acquisition, retention, and exploitation of power".

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jon Ronson on Jun 14 2013

“Confessions of a Sociopath” turns out to be an intermittently gripping and important book — albeit one that sags dramatically in the middle when the author goes on for ages about her not especially interesting childhood.

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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 08 2013

A work of advocacy for greater awareness of sociopathy’s reach and conduct.

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