The Psychopath Inside

The Psychopath Inside

A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain

Book - 2013
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A compelling career memoir by an award-winning neuroscientist describes how while studying his own family's brain scans for research he made the disturbing discovery that his own reflected a pattern he recognized from those in the brains of serial killers, a finding that offered new insights into the role of biology in behavior.
Publisher: New York : Current, 2013
ISBN: 9781591846000
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 20, 2015

LOVE this book!! Fascinating

Jun 09, 2015

I really enjoyed Dr Fallon's book. He very generously told us about himself, a birds eye view of a psychopath.

With the mindset of a scientist, he shared observations of himself providing invaluable insight into his own thoughts and feelings (or lack thereof). Of course, the topic of discussion is enormously interesting to him (himself) but that is to be expected of a psychopath, right ?

Fallon admits that he doesn't know what love feels like, that he enjoys manipulating people, that lying comes easily to him and other things that would score high on Hare's checklist for psychopathy. His scientific self-study complete with images of normal brain scans and his own very different brainscans provide very interesting information for anyone researching this important subject.

JCLLeslieN Mar 02, 2015

Fascinating topic - but very technical at times (of course). For those interested in nature vs. nurture and what we know about it so far.

Jan 26, 2015

There are many glaring errors and exaggerations in this book, which makes the other statements in the book suspect. Fallon says he walked into a home for psychiatric patients, and several women "stripped off" and invited him to bed; he states later that he has had "approximately 850 panic attacks." He says he is a scientist, but no true scientist would make such comments.
I have worked with psychiatric patients, including psychopaths, for many years, and would not recommend this book to anyone. It is grossly misleading, and there are some excellent books that give a much more balanced and scientific view of this important field of study.

Jun 07, 2014

Really boring compared to some other books about psychopaths. At first was a lot of the brain biology - why spend pages explaining the 9 "Rubik's cube" sections instead of 3 diagrams? Then was about the author's realization that there are several criminals and killers in his family tree and that he himself has some symptoms of psychopathy. I don't get why his family sticks with him. He sounds like a real creep.

Mar 31, 2014

After reading almost all available books on psychopathy, I was counting down the days until I could get my hands on this book. I was extremely disappointed. Besides redundant information on neuroscience (if you have ever taken an Intro Psych course, you can skip a few entire chapters) - the book became more of a chance for Fallon to name-drop celebrities that he & his family know. He also is a fan of tooting his own horn, making sure the reader is well aware of how popular in the field he is, all his credentials, every place he's worked...good lord. Bland, boring...I stopped reading halfway through. If you are interested in neuroscience or psychopathy, almost any other book at BPL on those topics is more interesting than this one. Don't waste your time.

Mar 28, 2014

I heard a very interesting interview with Fallon. It was the first time I had heard of him or his book. One thing that occurred to me while listening to it is that I imagine very few people other than serial killers have the kind of brain scan that would reveal the typeof brain activity that Fallon says his revealed. At least, if most people have brain scans, it is not to look for such activity, nor are their scans examined by people who (like Fallon) would recognize such types of activity. So although every psychopath may show such signs, we don't know how many "normal" people may as well, simply because most people don't have their brains scanned or the results examined as his were. There is no "control group", in other words. Perhaps many more of us show such patterns as well, without our ever showing signs of psychopathy in our daily behaviour. He may address this question in the book in a way that he did not have time to in the interview.

Nov 20, 2013

An indulgent narcissistic journey by the author that often reads like an autobiography. What else would you expect from an admitted psychopath? The neuroscience of psychopathology presented is interesting, but will be hard to follow if the reader is not well-studied in this highly complex field.


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