Book Review: The Sociopath Next Door
This book was written in 2005 by clinical psychologist Martha Stout. It is and will continue to be relevant for many years to come. Dr. Stout shares her insight into sociopaths gleaned from decades of treating their victims.
This book contains cultural, historical and religious contexts as well as anecdotes and interviews with sociopaths. This book will help you recognize the 1 in 25 people or 25% of the population that lack feelings of shame, guilt or remorse. Most helpful to the reader is the list of 13 things you can do to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
When Dr. Stout asked a psychopath what he wanted from life, above all else. Instead of riches or fame he said that he wanted people to feel sorry for him. Why? So he could get away with more of his aberrant behavior. This explains why people will often say, “Poor him/her,” when discussing someone who turns out to be a psychopath.
This book does not demonize sociopaths but attempts to help you understand where they are coming from and how to protect yourself. Sociopaths are not all murderers and career criminals. They are in all walks of life and you probably know a few and didn’t even realize it… until you read this book.