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The Wisdom of Psychopaths What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

ISBN: 9780374291358 | 0374291357
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub. Date: 10/16/2012

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In this groundbreaking adventure into the worlds of psychopaths, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton argues that there is a fine line between a brilliant surgeon who lacks empathy and a Hannibal Lecter who kills for pleasure. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit. Dutton deconstructs this misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research, and as he mingles with psychopathic criminals in a top security hospital, undergoes a "make me a psychopath" experiment, and visits monks to track their eye movements and microexpressions, he shows us that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot tonight may very well be the Special Forces hero of tomorrow. Dutton also puts forth the controversial argument that our society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: psychopaths tend to be fearless, confident, charismatic, ruthless, and focusedqualities tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century.Provocative and surprising at every turn, The Wisdom of Psychopathsis a riveting journey into the lives of the insane that will spark debate for years to come.

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