The Psychopath Test
by Jon Ronson
The Psychopath Test
by Author Name Jon Ronson
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- List Price: €17.35
- Format: Paperback, 216 x 135mm, 240pp
- Publication date: 06 May 2011
- Publisher: Picador
- ISBN-13: 9780330451369
Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats has written a thought-provoking yet very readable exploration of madness and our attitudes to it. How is insanity defined? Who defines it? And how can you tell if someone is a psychopath? Bob Hare, the man who invented the most extensively used checklist for psychopaths, claims many important CEOs and politicians are psychopaths, while one Broadmoor inmate claims that, having faked mental illness to get a lighter sentence, nobody now will believe he’s sane. Armed with Hare’s checklist, Ronson sets out to look for psychopaths – in prisons and mental hospitals, on the streets and in the corridors of power. In the process, he comes up with some surprising conclusions – about himself as well as others. This is a very well-written and oddly-entertaining book about the crazy world of psychiatric medicine, its practitioners and patients.
Karina Clifford, Dubray Books Blackrock
From the author of "Them and The Men Who Stare at Goats", this is a book exploring the psychopath...This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness. Jon meets a Broadmoor inmate who swears he faked a mental disorder to get a lighter sentence but is now stuck there, with nobody believing he's sane. He meets some of the people who catalogue mental illness, and those who vehemently oppose them. He meets the influential psychologist who developed the industry standard Psychopath Test and who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are in fact psychopaths. Jon learns from him how to ferret out these high-flying psychopaths and, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, heads into the corridors of power...Combining Jon's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, "The Psychopath Test" is a deeply honest book unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.