Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Sociopath Next Door

For the first time since I can remember, a patron gave me the willies today. The last time it happened, I was pretty much on the mark, and the man tried to grope me in the stacks. This guy didn't lay a hand on me but still managed to make my skin crawl.

To further this point, he was looking for this title.

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
We live in a dangerous world, threatened by international terrorists, corrupt politicians, unethical corporate executives, and street criminals. But there's another type of dangerous person who often goes unnoticed-the sociopath next door. According to the latest research, four percent of the population has an antisocial personality disorder, leaving them with no conscience, no sense of guilt or shame. They could be the people we encounter daily in our neighborhood, school, workplace, or even in our family. The Sociopath Next Door is the first book to take a hard look at the sociopaths in everyday life. Martha Stout, a practicing psychotherapist and Harvard Medical School instructor, explains that these people learn early on to show sham emotion, but underneath live only to dominate others and win. The fact is, statistically, we each know at least one sociopath, and readers will have an "a-ha!" moment of recognizing that someone they know-someone they worked for, or were involved with-is a sociopath. (summary from syndetics)

What do you think? Know any sociopaths?


kerry said...


i'm wondering if my ex-husband would count...

MariannetheLibrarian said...

It does make you wonder how many people you know "qualify" as a sociopath. I don't think they count salespeople do they?

kerry said...

i don't know if they do, but maybe they should.