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

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

by Kevin Dutton
4.4 14

NOOK Book(eBook)

$9.99
View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Total_Package More than 1 year ago
Wisdom is "Moneyball" for anyone interested in the eccentrics who excel, yet piss others off. This was as easy and entertaining to read as a Grisham. Highly educational, practical and applicable to those of us who have family, friends, co-workers with socio-/psycho-pathic tendencies. My favorite read in the past 2 years. Highest recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not since "Without Conscience" the seminal ouvre by Hare have I read a treatment of psychopaths that gave the subject the thorough, scientific treatment that it merits. Without losing sight of his goal of creating a serious addition to the scarce, but necessary, body of work suitable for lay readers, the author has created a work that is thoroughly researched, yet easily accessible. It is rare to find the adaptive psychopathic traits treated respectfully without inadvertently glamourizing psychopaths. In this aspect, this work is clearly distinguished. If I were to find any fault with this book, it would be that I would have enjoyed an exploration of how the impulsivity that is often associated with psychopathology can be adaptive, given the right set of circumstances.In his acknowledgements, the author states the following: "For me, writing a book that makes people laugh would, notionally, be relatively easy. Writing a book that makes people laugh and think--as I did previously with Spli-Second Persuasion (or so I am toldby those who like me)--is a little more difficult. Writing a book that just makes people think, well...that doesn't come easy at all."I commend him for doing something that was difficult for him because it created something enjoyable and useful for others
gtutty1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Stu-in-Flag More than 1 year ago
Expertly written, this book has the exact combination of true background stories, interviews with key thought leaders and research results needed to deepen the layperson's understanding of psychopaths. I don't like to label people. This book provides a spectrum of traits that we can use to better understand the people in our lives. A must read for someone with a psychopath in their life. And we all have one in our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
-IJ More than 1 year ago
The gist is repeated a lot more than I thought it would be. Somehow I was expecting more but really when you read the first half of the book you can stop because the second half just felt like more of the same. The examples and related personal stories from the author were sometimes funny but also repetitive. Quick read though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta love a good short read Good use of humor, lots of clinical information giving the reader some food for thought
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice