Confessions of a Sociopath

The memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap—right from the source—for dealing with the sociopath in your life.

As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence.  Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.”
Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Confessions of a Sociopath - M.E. Thomas Summary

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight is a book written by a female law professor under the pen name of M.E. Thomas, describing her up-and-down life as a self-diagnosed sociopath. The book describes sociopathy as disorder that consists of a spectrum of behaviors, rather than the more simplistic stereotype of serial killers. Thomas claims sociopathy helped her be a better lawyer, and in an interview, she suggests that revealing herself in the book helps keep her in check: "Because there's that much pressure and scrutiny, I think I actually will be more successful in continuing to be a good member of society." Lacking her own moral code, she relies on the teachings of her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.On her agent's advice, Thomas requested a psychological evaluation from John Edens, a psychology professor at Texas A&M, before submitting her book for publication. Edens concluded that Thomas is a sociopath, after administering multiple tests.The author later appeared in disguise on Dr. Phil discussing the subject. Business Insider reported that Thomas's book made the idea of a "successful sociopath" mainstream. A review in the New York Times described the book as "intermittingly gripping" and "a revelatory if contradictory muddle of a memoir". Prospero, the books and arts column in The Economist, notes how the writing in the book clearly displays the characteristics of sociopathy: bombast, calculation, deceit, and charm.Actress Viola Davis said she prepared for her role of Amanda in Suicide Squad by reading Confessions of a Sociopath.A one-hour dramedy, based on the book, is in development, starring and being co-written by Lisa Edelstein...

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Good book only for people with knowledge of psychiatry5 star

Im going to read a little of this book to See her perspective. I did want to Note that "Sociopath is labeled as A personality disorder" its in a Category with narcissism and Borderline personality Disorder. Usually More men have sociopath tendencies Than women. I do agree though with Some i question her diagnosis . I see so far more narcissism & Borderline. I will comment again After i read some. Thanks *Update after reading a little: Yes this Person if they even exist does have sociopathic tendencies and people with This type of disorder have 2 track minds. As stated above this book will be Only interesting to people interested In psych or have intermediate knowledge Of psych or criminology. And sociopaths Are attention seeking. I would have to Read the whole book to see where this leads. There are different types of Sociopaths i believe in our society that Think differently but have their motives For what classifies them for the Diagnosis given. And sociopaths are Usually very intelligent and logical And most have high IQ's. 55


confessions of a sociopath5 star

Being also a Mormon, a Mormon Bishop twice but having my own difficulties in the wiring of the brain department I would so much love to meet M.E., and have a pleasant discussion of life and its challenges we face. This book has helped me and given me comfort. Thank you M.E. 55


Expectations5 star

If you're expecting blood or horrors this isn't it. It's more of an insight to a psychopath's mindset and thinking patterns. If you are interested in psych and have an open mind it is very stimulating, but it's definitely not for all readers. It's implications of her arguments are as well. 55


Confessions of a Sociopath2 star

I expected this book to be fascinating, but instead I found it to be largely uninteresting. The author talks about how intelligent she is, but I found her mind to be like a two track road compared to a superhighway. Because of her disorder, her thinking is so narrow that the book read like a constant repeat of the same information. I did finish it, but it was difficult. 25


Top notch5 star

Brilliant, insightful & eloquently written. This is a book, a memoir, that should be referenced, remembered & even taught. I will recommend this to anyone with curiosity or misunderstanding about what it means to be "sociopathic" or even to get a glimpse of psychological "dysfunctions" in general, if one can open their mind enough to realize their own "dysfunctions" & those in all the people of the world. There is no true "normal" psychological profile that can be proven. There are many facets of different ends & corners of the psychological spectrum & everyone, no matter how "normal", has at least some glimmering facet reflecting a perceived "dysfunction." This is an A+ read, & even at times an oddly heart warming story. I was sad to reach the end, but so happy I found this. Thank you M.E. Thomas!! 55


I called her, Professor4 star

I had the author as my professor right before her book was released. In reading the book, I am finding myself thinking back on those experiences. She was always nice, though there was something a bit off about her. There was something sexually stimulating about her--for both the men and women in her classes. Perhaps had I read the book (without knowing that the author was my professor) I could have pinpointed her behavior as sociopathic instead of just labeling her as nice, but odd. After meeting her personally, I can't help but wonder if the experiences that she lays out in the book aren't exaggerated to the point that even others involved wouldn't recognize them. I worry that in publishing this book she has opened herself up to attack from "normal" people and sociopaths alike. I hope for her sake that she she doesn't become the target of sociopathic people. Particularly as her true identity is revealed. 45


Attention seeking1 star

While the author most likely does have maladjustment issues and a personality disorder, I seriously doubt she is a sociopath! 15

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