by Martha Stout

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Harvard psychologist  Martha Stout claims that 1 in 25 people are sociopaths - those who are unable and unwilling to feel joy, love, guilt or empathy.  These people are typically highly manipulative, charming, predatory, and  expert at mimicking emotion.  How do you know if someone's a sociopath or just a jerk? Stout says one of the biggest tip-offs is the pity play - they perceive themselves as victims and won't take responsibility for their actions. They also have no interest in changing, and believe their way of living is superior.  They are risk-takers and like to win.  Fortunately, there is a section entitled "Thirteen Rules for Dealing with Sociopaths in Everyday Life" to help you cope with those people in your life who will inevitably come to mind as you're reading this chilling book. 

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This is a great book, but it might make you paranoid. Not every mean person is a sociopath.

I also had that observation about the book; how do you tell if someone is a real sociopath or just a mean, selfish person?

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