Review: Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas

Title: Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain  Sight
Author: M.E. Thomas
Rating: 4 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon | BN

From The Cover

As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.  Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.”

Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”
Review

Confessions of a Sociopath delivers on its promise … it’s part memoir, part primer. It’s also morbidly fascinating. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about M.E. Thomas. By all social standards, she is deviant. However, she quite eloquently makes her case that is very capable for the sociopath to not be criminal in any way.
M.E. Thomas’ voice is unrepentant and unapologetic, and in many ways, this is what makes the book so very readable. She never backs away from her initial premise that the sociopath is simply another group of individuals with a completely different manner of thinking and that not every sociopath is by definition violent and psychopathic.

Some of the best moments in the book are when M.E. Thomas takes the time to run through the prevailing science and juxtapose it against her own life. I don’t believe anyone can read this book and not see someone they know in the prose, maybe even someone they’ve loved.

Not everyone will be comfortable abolishing their sacred cows to the periphery to digest this book objectively, but if you can get past the societal programming we’ve all been fed, this is a fascinating read.

DISCLAIMER: This reviewer received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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