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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (476 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Dutton Narrator: Erik Bergmann Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of “madness” along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.

Dutton argues that there are indeed “functional psychopaths” among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, and that shockingly, in some fields, the more “psychopathic” people are, the more likely they are to succeed. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world’s most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.

As Dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, psychopaths tend to be fearless, confident, charming, ruthless, and focused—qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century. Provocative at every turn,The Wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it’s our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting but not great. I found the Jon Ronson book to be more interesting but this one was still worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danny | 2/4/2014

    " This is a fast paced, intriguing read that leaves the reader constantly questioning his own behavior. The science is at a very high level and well documented, so the reader can follow up on the original sources as desired, and the footnotes contain links to interesting online resources. But despite the scientific credentials, the narrative is never lost, and the book reads often like a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael Stulken | 1/18/2014

    " Pretty decent and alright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Briana | 1/12/2014

    " Pleasant text delving more into the world of psychopaths -- again making the argument that the characteristics of psychopaths may not be all bad, there is still much to study, and empathy may not be lacking. Interesting read! "

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