The title asks it all. I really want to read The Antisocial Personalities by David Lykken, but other than that I'm not sure what books on the subject are actually informative. Given the amount of misinformation on the subject I'd rather not waste my time. Anyone have a recommendation?
I think Dr Stanton Samenow's work is quite interesting.
He actually reminds me a bit of UKan. Sees right through people's pathetic excuses and bullshit and calls them on it.
He deals mostly with criminals and criminal behaviour (so more focused on ASPD), but he does everything to dispel the myths of why psychopaths do what they do. It's not because they were abused, or can't help themselves, etc... They do it because they want to. The excuses are there simply as an attempt to get away with their naughtiness by playing on people's emotions.
I just finished Puzzling People by Thomas Sheridan. Is it me, or does he have major unresolved control issues? There's a whole chapter devoted to some kind of illuminati putting chips in all our brains, and how a psychopathic elite is running the whole world.
And apparently, no true sociopath is capable of dreaming. That sounds unlikely to me, does anyone know if this is backed up by research or a solid theory based on any kind of evidence?
One of the things I didn't like about Stout is that she doesn't actually seem to have dealt with many sociopaths herself, just with their 'victims'. People exaggerate and lie to make themselves look and feel better, yet she seems to take their word as the absolute truth and make great assumptions based upon that.
At least Hare and others really did the dirty work, not just listened to a bunch of cry babies whining about how this ever so evil person ruined their life.
Her scare tactics are pretty annoying too. Sociopaths are evil, cold- hearted monsters...she really gets those Buffy the Sociopath Slayer types hot and bothered.
Sociopath next door is great for the beginner. but if you are high and dry in a situation with a socio, this lends zero advice...did I say ZERO? Its merely a 200 page definition of the word "sociopath". I could have wrote the dang book myself.
Thanks Martha. But we need solutions, not problems.
Green, sorry I have bad manners, but I just scanned over your stuff. I agree, stout is weak, hare has substance. He's not messing around. Martha, doesnt offer a thing to either party (socio or empath), who need another peanut gallery definition?
Off topic again... I went to Amazon to check on Inside the Criminal Mind. You know how they have the button on the side to Add to Wish List? Yeah, well there was also a button to Add to Baby Registry. Is that to prepare expectant parents -- just in case? ha-ha