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The Psychopath Test: Audiobook of the Month

4 October 2012 1,758 views No Comment

Jon Ronson discovered that many business, when judged against 'The Psychopath Test,' are in fact quite insane and by extension dangerous…

Is it really true that one in every 100 people is a psychopath? In the search of an answer as to why a number of top scientists fell victim to a hoax, Jon Ronson stumbles upon the notion that many business and political leaders, when judged against The Psychopath Test, are in fact quite insane and by extension, dangerous.

He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he’s sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath—a claim that might be only manipulation, and a sign of his psychopathy. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud, and with a legendary CEO who took joy in shutting down factories and firing people. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fueled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers.

Ronson’s punchline is that people of all stripes are increasingly defined by their roughest edges leaving us to ask, “What does ‘insane’ really mean?”

Find the answers in Ronson’s The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry ($5.95), which is the Audiobook of the Month. Alternately, get this title as text on a white background on the iBooks Store ($9.99).

For what it’s worth, Amazon has The Psychopath Test in paperback ($10.88) and Kindle ($9.99) formats.

Lastly, if you haven’t taken advantage of Audible’s free trial offer, you can get The Psychopath Test for free — cancel at any time and keep the book.

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