The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Product Review (submitted on January 30, 2012):
This book kept me up a night. 1 percent of the population is a psychopath. So that means 1 out every 100 of my friends is a psychopath. But which ones? I have some ideas about a few, but what about the others? Am I a psychopath? Well, the good news is, if you're worried you might be a psychopath, you're not one. Psychopaths have different brains than most of us, and they can't feel empathy - so they learn how to mimic it in order to manipulate. Ronson goes on a fascinating adventure, meeting psychopaths and trained psychopath detectors, dealing with Scientologists, etc. 80% of most of the violence and chaos in prisons are created by a small percentage of psychopaths. Psychopaths see the world as a game they must win. As a result, they are attracted to positions of power. In fact, it's believed that the concentration of psychopaths in Wall Street, government, big corporate business and church hierarchy is 5 times greater than the general population. If such a small percentage can create so much chaos in prisons - imagine what they're doing to the economy, politics, etc. See? It'll keep you up at night too.