The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson March 8, 2013Posted by stuffilikenet in Books, Brain, Brilliant words.
One of the many wonderful things about The Psychopath Test (aside from the careful narration on the audiobook by the author) is the fascinating assumption made by the author of this test. “An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.”—from the Amazon site. Ronson starts globe-hopping, looking at people with the jaundice-colored glasses. He visits a Haitian death-squad leader jailed for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York (he had manipulated his way out of extradition for multiple murders and rapes by promising to finger CIA as his backer); a chainsaw CEO with delusions of grandeur famously callous about destroying lives (including his sister’s and his son’s; and a Grievous Bodily Harm criminal who feigned madness to get into a softer lockup and a prison—and regretted it instantly. Locked up in an asylum for the criminally insane, he swears he’s sane and certainly not a psychopath—but he scores very highly on the Psychopath Test.
The best part about the book is Ronson speculating about the motives of ordinary people, including himself. I snickered every time he caught himself examining his motives a little too closely, although I’m not sure it was intended as humor.
Possibly just insight.