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Who is the devil you know? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband, your sadistic high school gym teacher, your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings, or the colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own? In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He’s a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too.

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people—one in twenty-five—has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.

The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. Part of the urgency in reading The Sociopath Next Door is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know—someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for—is a sociopath. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr. Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery, and beware the pity play. Above all, she writes, when a sociopath is beckoning, do not join the game.

It is the ruthless versus the rest of us, and The Sociopath Next Door will show you how to recognize and defeat the devil you know.

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  • “One in 25 Americans is a sociopath—no conscience, no guilt. It could be your mean boss or your crazy ex. [The Sociopath Next Door] is an easy-to-follow guide for spotting them.”


  • “An outstanding audio production…it’s nearly impossible to get away from it once you start listening.”


  • “A remarkable philosophical examination of the phenomenon of sociopathy and its everyday manifestations…Deeply thought-provoking and unexpectedly lyrical.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charla | 4/9/2016

    " Great book! Not what I expected book to really be. It's better. Very informative about Sociopathic individuals that may be in your life but you just did not know why they act the way they do. Wish I was aware of these facts a long time ago. Also, I like that the examples given are not made up yet true stories which have been changed a little to keep their identity private. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lequig | 2/9/2014

    " Excellent if you know one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maida | 2/9/2014

    " Disturbing enough to garner *4.5/5 stars*... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Shelley | 2/7/2014

    " Can't seem to get this one started. I love pop psych, but this book is a little boring. "

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About the Author
Author Martha Stout

Martha Stout, PhD, was trained at the famous McLean Psychiatric Hospital and is a practicing psychologist and a clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also the author of The Myth of Sanity, The Paranoia Switch, and The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us. She lives on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.