The Psychopath Test
A Journey Through the Madness IndustryBook - 2011
"In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and journalists who study them"--Provided by publisher.
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You're standing on an escalator and you watch the people going past on the opposite escalator. If you could climb inside their brains, you would see we aren't all the same. We aren't all good people just trying to do good. Some of us are psychopaths.
There is no evidence that we've been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal. And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things.
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This is a story about Ronson's quest to find out what constitutes a psychopath.
He starts with someone who is merely obsessive and goes on from there to individuals incarcerated in mental institutions.
From there, he interviews others who are psychopaths but have been successful in business possibly because of their condition.
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