A successful neuroscientist and professor, married his high school sweetheart, he’d been raised in a loving family, and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity.
While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. Compelling, essential reading for understanding the underpinnings of psychopathy. M. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern. And a few months later he learned that he was descended from a long line of murderers.
E. Fallon set out to reconcile the truth about his own brain with everything he knew as a scientist about the mind, behavior, and personality. Thomas, author of confessions of a SociopathFor his first fifty-eight years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy.
The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience
Less than 1 percent of the general population meets the criteria for psychopathy. To aid in his quest to unravel the psychopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. In the psychopath whisperer, kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psychopaths and studying their thought processes— from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and personality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy.
Kent kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But psychopaths account for a vastly outsized proportion of violent crimes.
Robert hare, was determined to answer as he began his career twenty years ago. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? is it the result of their environment— how they were raised—or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience? This is the question Kiehl, a protégé of famed psychopath researcher Dr.
Over the course of the psychopath whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psychopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder. A compelling journey into the science and behavior of psychopaths, written by the leading scientist in the field of criminal psychopathy.
We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies—from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan.
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets--and they do not always ply their trade by killing. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? how can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.
Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, remorseless, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, rapists, lie, and other predators who charm, hustlers, and manipulate their way through life.
Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success
Provocative at every turn, the wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it's our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world's most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.
As dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, ruthless, charming, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, confident, psychopaths tend to be fearless, and focused—qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century.
Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, in fact, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.
Dutton argues that there are indeed "functional psychopaths" among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, and that shockingly, the more "psychopathic" people are, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, in some fields, the more likely they are to succeed.
. In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit.
Psychopathy: An Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications Psychology and Crime Book 1
How much of this disorder is biologically based? should offenders with psychopathic traits be punished for their crimes if we can show that biological factors contribute? The text clearly assesses the conclusions that can and cannot be drawn from existing biological research, and highlights the pressing considerations this research demands.
It also offers a nuanced discussion of the ethical and legal implications associated with biological research on psychopathy. But how does a psychopath’s brain work? what makes a psychopath? psychopathy provides a concise, non-technical overview of the research in the areas of genetics, and more, neuropsychology, brain imaging, environmental influences, focusing on explaining what we currently know about the biological foundations for this disorder and offering insights into prediction, hormones, intervention, and prevention.
The last two decades have seen tremendous growth in biological research on psychopathy, impulsivity, egocentricity, a mental disorder distinguished by traits including a lack of empathy or emotional response, and stimulation seeking.
The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease
But in the biology of desire, cognitive neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes a convincing case that addiction is not a disease, and shows why the disease model has become an obstacle to healing. Lewis reveals addiction as an unintended consequence of the brain doing what it's supposed to do-seek pleasure and relief-in a world that's not cooperating.
Lewis shows how treatment can be retooled to achieve lasting recovery. As a result, most treatment based on the disease model fails. Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the "disease model" of addiction is wrong and illuminates the path to recovery.
The psychiatric establishment and rehab industry in the Western world have branded addiction a brain disease. This is enlightening and optimistic reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction either personally or professionally.
She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders
The bestselling, selfhood, sex, seminal work of trans literature: a story of love, and understanding from Jennifer Finney Boylan When she changed genders, she changed the world. Love will prevail, ” said Boylan’s conservative mother, as she learned about her daughter’s identity. She’s not there is the story that helped bring about a world in which that change seems almost possible.
It was the groundbreaking publication of She’s Not There in 2003 that jump-started the transgender revolution. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times -- explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, Boylan – a cast member on I Am Cait; an advisor to the television series Transparent, and rejoices in the redeeming power of love and family.
She’s not there was one of the first works to present trans experience from the perspective of a literary novelist, sex, gender, opening a door to new understanding of love, and identity. Boylan inspired readers to ask the same questions she asked herself: what is it that makes us-ourselves? what does it mean to be a man, or a woman? How much could my husband, wise voice helped make She’s Not There the first bestselling work by a transgender American--and transformed Boylan into a national spokeswoman for LGBTQ people, change—and still be recognizable as the one I love? Boylan’s humorous, their families, or wife, and the people that love them.
This updated and revised edition also includes a new epilogue from Jenny’s wife Grace; it also contains the original afterward by her friend, novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
And so ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, with their drives and obsessions, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, as mad in their own way as those they study.
An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. In this madcap journey, scientists, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, and everyone else who studies them.
The psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath.
Jon ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry.
The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain
The resulting theory could lead to early diagnosis and revolutionize the way society, the media and the state both views and contends with the psychopaths in our midst. This timely and controversial new book summarises what we already know about psychopathy and antisocial behavior and puts forward a new case for its cause - with far-reaching implications.
Psychopaths continue to be demonised by the media and estimates suggest that a disturbing percentage of the population has psychopathic tendencies. Addresses key questions, such as: what is psychopathy? are there psychopaths amongst us? What is wrong with psychopaths? Is psychopathy due to nature or nurture? And can we treat psychopaths? Reveals the authors' ground-breaking research into whether an underlying abnormality in brain development leaves psychopaths with an inability to feel emotion or fear.
Presents the scientific facts of psychopathy and antisocial behavior.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, episodes of violence, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, and an attempted suicide.
Here jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. An unquiet mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives.
Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive bipolar illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. With a new preface by the authorin her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness. Dr.
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
M. 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.
The memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding well, mostly sociopath and a roadmap—right from the source—for dealing with the sociopath in your life. As M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.
”. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. E. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, your coworkers, “We are your neighbors, friends.