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The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

When the Psychopath Next Door MIght Be a Good Thing

In a world where we have to wonder if everyone who is in power or deals with high finance is a psychopath, the author does a good job of showing us just how close saints and psychopaths are in nature. While it is not light reading, it is a very enlightening read. It giv...
In a world where we have to wonder if everyone who is in power or deals with high finance is a psychopath, the author does a good job of showing us just how close saints and psychopaths are in nature. While it is not light reading, it is a very enlightening read. It gives us a new appreciation of psychopaths and the radar to spot them. It allows us to know when a psychopath next door is not always a bad thing.

posted by gtutty1 on November 20, 2012

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6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A view from the garbage pit of life.

The author uses a lot of slang, which is sometimes difficult to read. His thesis is very interesting but a bit depressing. Personality characteristics leading to success are presented as being types of psychoses. Just as many medicines would be poisen if taken in too...
The author uses a lot of slang, which is sometimes difficult to read. His thesis is very interesting but a bit depressing. Personality characteristics leading to success are presented as being types of psychoses. Just as many medicines would be poisen if taken in too large a dose, too many of certain personality traits and a lack of self discipline can lead to evil. This is a facsinating dichotomy, but the good sides of it were described in such a negative way, that one comes away feeling that all humans are crazy. Very depressing.

posted by 843954 on November 10, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    A view from the garbage pit of life.

    The author uses a lot of slang, which is sometimes difficult to read. His thesis is very interesting but a bit depressing. Personality characteristics leading to success are presented as being types of psychoses. Just as many medicines would be poisen if taken in too large a dose, too many of certain personality traits and a lack of self discipline can lead to evil. This is a facsinating dichotomy, but the good sides of it were described in such a negative way, that one comes away feeling that all humans are crazy. Very depressing.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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