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The Sociopath Next Door [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Martha Stout Ph.D.
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14. März 2006
Who is the devil you know?

Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband?
Your sadistic high school gym teacher?
Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings?
The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own?

In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He’s a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too.

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people—one in twenty-five—has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.

How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them. They’re more spontaneous, more intense, more complex, or even sexier than everyone else, making them tricky to identify and leaving us easily seduced. Fundamentally, sociopaths are different because they cannot love. Sociopaths learn early on to show sham emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others’ suffering. They live to dominate and thrill to win.

The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. Part of the urgency in reading The Sociopath Next Door is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know—someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for—is a sociopath. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr. Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery, and beware the pity play. Above all, she writes, when a sociopath is beckoning, do not join the game.

It is the ruthless versus the rest of us, and The Sociopath Next Door will show you how to recognize and defeat the devil you know.

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“A fascinating, important book about what makes good people good and bad people bad, and how good people can protect themselves from those others.”
—Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“The Sociopath Next Door is a chillingly accurate portrayal of evil--the decent person’s guide to indecency.”
—Jonathan Kellerman

“A remarkable philosophical examination of the phenomenon of sociopathy and its everyday manifestations…Stout’s portraits make a striking impact and readers with unpleasant neighbors or colleagues may find themselves paying close attention to her sociopathic-behavior checklist and suggested coping strategies. Deeply thought-provoking and unexpectedly lyrical.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A chilling portrait of human beings who lack scruples the way someone born blind lacks eyesight…Stout describes respected professionals who tell outrageous lies simply to confuse colleagues… authority figures who deceive, seduce and even murder just to relieve the boredom that is the usual state of the sociopathic mind. A useful—if appalling—guide to help you recognize conscienceless individuals.. [and] a heartening affirmation of the empathic mindset that comes naturally to the vast majority of humans.”
—Martha Beck, O Magazine

“The Sociopath Next Door  is a chillingly accurate portrayal of evil–the decent person’s guide to indecency. Martha Stout draws upon sound scientific data and clinical experience and her writing is graceful and compelling.”
—Jonathan Kellerman, author of Therapy, When the Bough Breaks, and Monster.

“[Stout] provides provocative discussion about the role of conscience in the ‘normal’ world. Highly recommend.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“One in 25 Americans is a sociopath–no conscience, no guilt. It could be your mean boss or your crazy ex. [The Sociopath Next Door] is an easy-to-follow guide for spotting them.”

“I recommend this book, especially to those who think they may be vulnerable to sociopaths. It contains good stories, useful advice and clinical and scientific nuggets.”
Washington Post

Winner of the 2005 Books for a Better Life Award


Who is the devil you know? This is an astonishing, chilling and appallingly useful guide to recognising conscienceless individuals. Everyone knows what a sociopath is. A sociopath is Hannibal Lecter - the cold, calculating monster who has no compunction, no sense that what he or she does is wrong. No conscience. An inhuman and often violent criminal. Wrong. Hannibal Lecter is a sociopath, for sure - but sociopaths are no more Hannibal Lecter than dogs are Spot. The lying, cheating ex. The boss who loves to humiliate in meetings. The colleague who steals ideas and passes them off as their own. A shocking four per cent of ordinary people have an undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. They can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt. One of their chief characteristics is a charisma that makes them more charming or interesting to others - and hence tricky to identify. Sociopaths learn early on to sham emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others' suffering, they live to dominate and thrill to win. And statistically, every reader will know at least one, if not more. Dr.

Martha Stout uncovers the hidden signs of the sociopath, teaching readers to question authority, suspect flattery and beware the pity play. Everyone has been sucked into the game at some point - now they have a way out.

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Von Manfred
Es kommt darauf an, mit welchem Interesse man dieses Buch liest. Wenn man einen schnellen Ratgeber mit fertigen Rezepten sucht, wird man vermutlich enttäuscht sein. Ähnlich, wie jemand in die "Kunst des Liebens" eingeweiht werden will und dann auf das Buch mit gleichnamigen Titel von Erich Fromm stößt.

Für mich, als philosophischer Kopf, ist dies wieder eines der seltenen Bücher, die für mich wirklich vollkommen o.k. sind. Es handelt sich im Grunde genommen um ein - im besten Sinne - philosophisches Buch, das von einer ausgesprochen kompetenten, US-amerikanischen (humanistischen) Psychologin geschrieben wurde. Als sie das Buch um 2003 schrieb (S.203), hatte sie schon eine 25 jährige Erfahrung mit Klienten, deren Leiden aufgrund von näheren Kontakten mit 'Soziopathen' zustande kamen. (Vgl. S.107). Obwohl eigentlich dasselbe gemeint ist, verwendet sie lieber den Ausdruck 'Soziopath' statt 'Psychopath'. Und für beide gibt es eine (für den Laien) überraschende Definition: das sind Leute, denen das Gewissen fehlt, also 'gewissenlose' Menschen.

Für Martha Stout ist klar: der normale Mensch mit Gewissen kann sich in solche gewissenlosen Menschen nur sehr schwer hineindenken - wenn überhaupt. Weshalb Soziopathen (zunächst) auch immer wieder leichtes Spiel mit ihren naiven Mitmenschen haben. Der normale Mensch kann sich gar nicht vorstellen, daß bei einem Soziopath der Apell an dessen mitmenschliches Verständnis lediglich ein inneres Grinsen über so viel Blödheit seines Gegenübers bei demselben hervorruft.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen an eye opener 19. Juli 2008
Imagine a person with no conscience, none at all. This is the most basic description of a sociopath. Stout, a psychotherapist in the Boston area, kind of shocked me on the first page with the explanation of what a sociopath is. She goes on and explains, also using real-life examples, why it is so difficult to recognize these people, why they often seem to be successful, respectable achievers, what their motivation is and compares what is going on inside of a sociopath and a non-sociopath. Towards the end of the book she also shows how similar science and religion see these people.

Even though I do not quite agree with the complete black-and-white picture Stout draws, her samples and explanations can be an eye opener for something, you might already have witnessed but took for a mistake on your side since it just seemed so unbelievable.

The book does not give you any direct help on how to deal with sociopaths, even though it does sport a (far too short and utterly useless) section called "Thirteen Rules for Dealing with Sociopaths in Everyday Life". The real value of this book, however, is to open up your mind to accept and thus be aware of something, most of us would think was completely impossible, so impossible we would come up with tons of excuses why what we saw and thought could simply not be true. In fact, after reading this book, I might, in some situations, now accept that indeed it was true.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Most enlightening 20. April 2012
Von Leila
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This book was recommended to me by someone I know. We were talking about why some people are so ruthlessly cruel. Then she grabbed me by arm and said: "You must read this book."

I did not expect myself to be so drawn to this book. But I was eager to read on once I started. I realized that I have met quite a few sociopaths. I remember telling people I was afraid of this person. "I cannot explain it. But I am afraid of him. He heart." I used to say.

And people told me:"You are imagining things.","You are crazy.", "Come on, you are too sensitive."

Nobody believed me. And I think most people still don't. I know now why.

I agree with another review that Dr. Stout did not write much about how one can defend himself from sociopaths. But I do not agree that the recommendations are useless. Dr. Stout suggests avoidance. I completely agree with her. Sociopaths know who they can pick on. They recognize those with much kindness and attack. For sociopaths, we are just preys.

So run, as fast as you can. Unless you can put up a good fight and manage to get away without being hurt (emotionally), run.

I think people who do not have the sensitivity would find this book entirely uselss. You cannot tell someone to feel what they cannot feel and see what they cannot see. They will have no use for such information.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend - wo die Soziopathen stecken 14. Januar 2013
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Mit wahren Geschichten werden Soziopathen entlarvt. Das alles spannend beschrieben, in gute Geschichten gepackt und sehr lesenswert. Ich habe viel davon gelernt und empfehle es jederzeit weiter.
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