The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

by James Fallon


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ISBN-13: 9781617230158
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 74,417
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Fallon is an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, where he has taught for thirty-five years. He lives in Irvine, CA.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 What Is a Psychopath? 9

Chapter 2 Evil Brewing 21

Chapter 3 The Brain of a Killer 42

Chapter 4 Bloodlines 65

Chapter 5 A Third Leg to Stand On 90

Chapter 6 Going Public 107

Chapter 7 Love and Other Abstractions 130

Chapter 8 A Party in My Brain 169

Chapter 9 Can You Change a Psychopath? 187

Chapter 10 Why Do Psychopaths Exist? 213

Acknowledgments 229

Bibliography 231

Index 237

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“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

“Just the word ‘psychopath’ is enough to grab anyone’s attention and it has inspired numerous TV shows and films for many decades. In truth, I believe the word itself does little to wrap its arms around the infinite behavioral traits psychopaths pos­sess, for good and bad. 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
“Absorbing, insightful and quirky” –Kirkus

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

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The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RLM0 More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in Psychology/Abnormal Psychology, this is something you want to read. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too little material for a book. He talks mostly about his childhood, but he's not really interesting enough to write a book about. The one point of interest is this PET scan that doesn't actually have any scientific basis, as he himself states. He has only a "feeling" for what a pychopath is to him, which he attempts to reinforce with evidence that his ancestors some 800 years removed were violent. Which I'm pretty sure isn't a strong case for a family history of anything since nearly everyone's ancestors were violent at some point in the last 1000 years. This book honestly just came across as a guy who likes to talk about himself. Which is fine if you've done something great. But this guy hasn't done much of anything. He's met some people who have, but saying that your mother knew George Carlin doesn't make you funny. Which this book is lacking in for a guy who (repeatedly) tells everyone he's charming. I was genuinely bored with this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the author repulsive and yet likeable. He must have the best family because they have shown unconditional love. Nurture wins this one.
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bayareagirl More than 1 year ago
Written in one sitting in one of hypo mania times?  Disordered and jumbled and yes nuggets of useful information are in here, but needed an editor. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What? I no understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark green tunic with a a hat that is the same color as tunic * like links cloths* dirty blond hair blue pericing eyes blue hoop earing on right ear when mad color fades from him and his eyes turn black and red * white part black and pupples red* and bloodstreams from them and has a sword made of human blood and its was a master sword and speaks english and hylian he is half dead tanish pants and dusky brown boots tannish color skin <p> Thats ben