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The Psychopath Test

A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Ronson, Jon (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Psychopath Test


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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Ronson, Jon, 1967-
Title: The psychopath test
a journey through the madness industry
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2011
Characteristics: 275 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jon Ronson
Contents: The missing part of the puzzle revealed
The man who faked madness
Psychopaths dream in black-and-white
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
Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9781594488016
1594488010
Branch Call Number: 616.8582 R774p 2011
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Report This Nov 02, 2013
  • BOOKS55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting read with a lot of researched knowledge to back up the storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though some things were quite scary and shocking. I would defiantly recommend it!

Report This Jul 06, 2013
  • Jool62 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I did not think that it was a fascinating adventure through the minds of madness.or that it was entertaining. It was strange. I have never read any of his other books. After reading this I am not sure I want to.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Now I know what happens when an overly anxious journalist becomes empowered with the ability to spot psychopaths. But Ronson's story isn't just an amusing tale of spotting psychopaths everywhere (and it's very amusing!), he makes us wonder where, exactly, should the line between the sane and insane be drawn and who should be allowed to determine that line.

Report This Jun 14, 2012
  • edylevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this entire book on a plane journey (with layovers) from the East Coast to the West Coast. It kept me captivated from beginning to end. Mr. Ronson is a great storyteller and the content was quite provocative.

Report This May 03, 2012
  • JeremiahSutherland rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I sometimes wonder if this author isn't just pulling our collective leg. He writes a good story about strange situations.

Report This Apr 26, 2012
  • KileyP rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A non-fiction stunner that reads like fiction - especially when half of it is too zany to believe! A great look into the history of psychiatrics by the man who wrote "The Men Who Stare at Goats", a journalist with no boundaries. Now you may be able to answer the question about that strange neighbour you've always wondered about...

Report This Jan 14, 2012
  • LareshaE rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book, if I had the time I would have read it cover to cover in one sitting. I highly recommend it. Hilarious, well told, great characters, and some very obscure history from the psychiatric profession. GREAT READ!

Report This Jan 02, 2012
  • polar_bear rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sort of an oddity of a book, wherein the author attempts to define just what is a psychopath. He meets a lot of people who might qualify and considers others, and in the end doesn't come up with much. There seem to just be too many variations in human behavior. Hearing about the investigation is a hoot, however.

Report This Oct 29, 2011
  • Danay rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It's okay, but it wasn't able to hold me till the end. There was usually no strong suspense element or clear main goal. The beginning is riveting and fascinating, but after that it gets a bit redundant.

Report This Oct 25, 2011
  • JKS5645 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I reserved this for my husband because he saw an interview with the author on the Colbert Report or some such thing and thought it would be good. He wasn't reading it, so I picked it up. I enjoyed it enough to finish and start assessing everyone I saw afterwards. Fun times!

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Report This May 03, 2012
  • JeremiahSutherland rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a story about Ronson's quest to find out what constitutes a psychopath. He starts with someone who is merely obsessive and goes on from there to individuals incarcerated in mental institutions. From there, he interviews others who are psychopaths but have been successful in business possibly because of their condition.

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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There is no evidence that we've been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal. And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things.

Report This Jan 29, 2012
  • jgneff rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You're standing on an escalator and you watch the people going past on the opposite escalator. If you could climb inside their brains, you would see we aren't all the same. We aren't all good people just trying to do good. Some of us are psychopaths.

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