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Author: James Fallon Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781469057828
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The memoir of a neuroscientist whose research led him to a bizarre personal discovery

James Fallon had spent an entire career studying how our brains affect our behavior when his research suddenly turned personal. While studying brain scans of several family members, he discovered that one perfectly matched a pattern he’d found in the brains of serial killers. This meant one of two things: either his family’s scans had been mixed up with those of felons or someone in his family was a psychopath.

Even more disturbing, the scan in question was his own.

This is Fallon’s account of coming to grips with this discovery and its implications. How could he, a happy family man who had never been prone to violence, be a psychopath? How much did his biology influence his behavior?

Fallon shares his journey to answer these questions and the discoveries that ultimately led to his conclusion: despite everything science can teach, humans are even more complex than we can imagine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His surprising final diagnosis could broaden the way we see normality.”


  • “Absorbing, insightful, and quirky.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The Psychopath Inside is a deeply compelling personal story of an eminent scien­tist’s discovery of his own psychopathy. Jim Fallon confesses the sins of his biology and in doing so receives the absolution of being human. I couldn’t put it down.”

    Paul J. Zak, PhD, author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity

  • “As comprehensive as it is compelling, essential reading for understanding the genetic and neuroscience underpinnings of psychopathy.”

    M. E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath

  • “An intriguing look into the dark side of the brain…Few people understand the brain as well as Dr. Fallon, and can write about it in such a fun and engaging way. A fascinating read.”

    Eli Roth, film director and producter

  • “Thought-provoking…[Fallon’s] perspective on psychopathy pushes us to consider the important roles of nature and nurture, and the fine line between adaptive and mal­adaptive personality traits.”

    John F. Edens, PhD, professor of psychology, Texas A&M University

  • “Fallon lets us inside his mind as he takes us on a deftly woven journey, breaking down every convention of psychopathic behavior.”

    Simon Mirren, former executive producer of Criminal Minds

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About the Author

James Fallon is an award-winning neuroscientist and the Sloan, Fulbright, and National Institutes of Health Scholar at the University of California, Irvine. His start-up company, NeuroRepair, was voted the top new biotech firm of the year and has engineered major breakthroughs in stem-cell research. He has been married for forty-two years and has three children.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.