The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

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Penguin, May 12, 2011 - Social Science - 288 pages
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In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them.

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. 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. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath.

Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.
 

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User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

The Psychopath test is a gripping read. I feel that I have learned so much from it, from experiments that they conducted in the 60s etc. I had never heard of such practices and found the whole thing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kusaimamekirai - Goodreads

What I love most about Jon Bronson's books is that he can find humor in topics that are otherwise fairly terrifying. Here interviews several people from different strata in society and applies a ... Read full review

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Contents

THE MISSING PART OF THE PUZZLE REVEALED
THE MAN WHO FAKED MADNESS
PSYCHOPATHS DREAM IN BLACKANDWHITE
THE PSYCHOPATH TEST
TOTO
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
THE RIGHT SORT OF MADNESS
THE MADNESS OF DAVID SHAYLER
AIMING A BIT HIGH
THE AVOIDABLE DEATH OF REBECCA RILEY
GOOD LUCK
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Jon Ronson’s works include New York Times bestseller So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Lost at Sea, The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones, and international bestsellers: Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. Ronson lives in New York.

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