27 Jun

An EXCELLENT review of a book…It has peaked my interest significantly:) I may have to go get this and add my thoughts/reactions at a later date. Please comment/post or tweet if you have read this or have any suggestions for books I should consider:D

Book of words

With a book dedicated to analyzing psychopaths, a group that often brings to mind stereotypical terms such as ‘deranged,’ ‘emotionless’ and ‘dangerous,’ it is hard not to be attracted to it.

I was half expecting to read about the infamous Jack the Ripper or some other brutal serial killers, only to have author Jon Ronson dig deep into the mind boggling business for psychopaths.

“I remembered those psychologists who said psychopaths made the world go around. They meant it: society was, they claimed, an expression of that particular sort of madness.”

Starting off with the most widely used diagnostic test for psychopathy, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which the book’s title is based on, Ronson laid the foundation with an ‘official’ definition.

“Psychopaths are predators who use charm, manipulation, intimidation, sex and violence to control others and to satisfy their own selfish needs,” Bob Hare, creator of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist…

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  1. Tom September 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM #

    I wouldn’t recommend doing so; Hare and co. have released a statement that in typical pop-science fashion, many claims are exaggerated and perhaps even quotes fabricated.

    Hare’s full article can be read at: http://www.psychopathysociety.org/images/hare%20commentary%20on%20ronson%20april%2017%202012.pdf

    Although Ronson writes with much flair, it comes at the expense of rational, evidenced claims. He frequently ventures into the absurd and the sensational.

    Good entertainment, but I’d imagine it’s just that.

    • coffeecounsel April 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM #

      Loved the article!!! Thank you for bringing it to my attn!:)

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