Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?

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Hazelden Publishing, May 22, 2012 - Self-Help - 257 pages
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Do you know someone who is too manipulative and full of himself? Does someone you know charm the masses yet lack the ability to deeply connect with those around her?

Grandiosity and exaggerated self-worth. Pathological lying. Manipulation. Lack of remorse. Shallowness. Exploitation for financial gain. These are the qualities of Almost Psychopaths. They are not the deranged criminals or serial killers that might be coined "psychopaths" in the movies or on TV. They are spouses, coworkers, bosses, neighbors, and people in the news who exhibit many of the same behaviors as a full-blown psychopath, but with less intensity and consistency.

In Almost a Psychopath, Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, and James Silver, JD, draw on scientific research and their own experiences to help you identify if you are an Almost Psychopath and, if so, guide you to interventions and resources to change your behavior.

If you think you have encountered an Almost Psychopath, they offer practical tools to help you: recognize the behavior, attitudes, and characteristics of the Almost Psychopath; make sense of interactions you've had with Almost Psychopaths; devise strategies for dealing with them in the present; make informed decisions about your next steps; and learn ways to help an Almost Psychopath get better control of their behavior.

The Almost Effect ? Series presents books written by Harvard Medical School faculty and other experts that offer guidance on common behavioral and physical problems falling in the spectrum between normal health and a full-blown medical condition. These are the first publications to help general readers recognize and address these problems.

Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, has assessed individuals ranging from victims of child abuse, professional misconduct, and domestic violence to those accused of crimes that include bank robbery, campus shootings, and multiple murders. He is currently on staff at Harvard Medical School.

James Silver, JD, is a former federal prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney who has tried cases and handled appeals on offenses spanning the gamut of illegal behavior, from shoplifting to murder.

 

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A psychologist and a prosecutor write about a type of personality type that is not quite psychopathic, but “almost” so: people who are manipulative, deceitful, and grandiose, and who seem not to be ... Read full review

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In general, well-meaning people tend to be tolerant of the 'foibles' of others.
They choose to 'live and let live' and generally ignore the suspicious behavior of colleagues, dates and bosses
- until it's too late.
Society is trained to be kind.
Yet, a too-tolerant attitude gives endless permission to 'almost psychopaths' to do what they do best.
This is a very well-written book with lots of great examples to make ideas super clear.
Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife
 

Contents

What Is a Psychopath?
13
The Almost Psychopath
41
Could It Be Something Else?
61
Dealing with Almost Psychopaths in Our Lives
93
Recognizing Almost Psychopathic Traits in Children
121
Working with an Almost Psychopath
141
Confronting Child Abuse by Almost Psychopaths
163
Adults as Victims Confronting Almost
181
Sick or Slick? Malingering and Manipulation
201
What to Do When You Find Yourself in Almost
225
Diagnostic Criteria for Antisocial Personality
241
About the Authors
257
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Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, has assessed individuals ranging from victims of child abuse, professional misconduct, and domestic violence to those accused of crimes that include bank robbery, campus shootings, and multiple murders. He is currently on staff at Harvard Medical School.

James Silver, JD, is a former federal prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney who has tried cases and handled appeals on offenses spanning the gamut of illegal behavior, from shoplifting to murder.

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