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The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry | Jon Ronson
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.Watch a Video
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Amiable
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A cool, crisp morning. A cup of hot black tea. An hour-long train commute to work. And ... a book about how to spot psychopaths. Let‘s get this day started ... 😬

Chelsea.Poole Sounds perfect to me! 😊 2mo
Amiable @Chelsea.Poole Right? Although I‘ve already “spotted” several psychopaths in my workplace, so that‘s bound to be fun. 😳 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly 🙌🏻 2mo
Leftcoastzen Hope there is not one sitting next to you. 2mo
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Scochrane26
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I enjoyed this audiobook because of the author‘s British accent. It has some humor & some interesting parts. Sometimes I wanted it to be more in depth. A good read overall but not a favorite. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scochrane26
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I had perfect timing today for #BFCr2. Went to park to walk, got about 35 min done, was going to walk a little more in order to play Wizards Unite. Went by the car, & it started raining heavily. So, I went to run errands instead & am now home. I‘m cozy inside while it storms outside. Also, I have a new job which should start soon. It‘s not my dream job but has a lot of positive aspects, so I‘m grateful for it. Made some progress on audiobook.

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Megabooks
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What an thought-provoking, strange book! It‘s not just about psychopaths, although that‘s most of it. I also got to learn about the development and evolution of the DSM, the overdiagnosis of childhood bipolar disorder, prison experiments, Scientology, etc. Interesting, yet at times disturbing, stuff. 4⭐️

#bfc #bfcr2 book 22/28 #goteam

RachelO Interesting! Did you go print or audio for this one? 4mo
Megabooks @RachelO Ebook from the library, so print. I‘ve heard his audiobooks are good, though. 4mo
RachelO @Megabooks 👍 He‘s done a lot of radio stuff over here - always interesting- but that doesn‘t always translate to ‘being able to read out loud‘ (I was disappointed to discover with other radio-types!). I‘ll definitely get to this one day though... (edited) 4mo
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Scochrane26 I should prob read this since I‘m a therapist. I have never diagnosed a kid w/ bipolar, but we joke about how often our local psych hospital diagnoses our kids w/ mood disorder. 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! Crushing your book goal! 🙌🏻 4mo
Megabooks @Scochrane26 I think it would be especially interesting for you. He looks at it from a lot of different angles. I didn‘t know how arbitrarily the DSM-III was created! He interviews the guy in charge of that. 4mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks!! 👍🏻 4mo
AutumnRLS I find all of his stuff thought-provoking and strange! This one was really interesting to me. 4mo
Megabooks @AutumnRLS this is only my second, but I‘d agree so far! 4mo
larah17 I have this on my TBR, really looking forward to it now 🙂 4mo
Megabooks @larah17 I hope you enjoy it!! 4mo
cobwebmoth You are crushing that book goal!🙌 4mo
KathyWheeler I love Jon Ronson‘s books. 4mo
AutumnRLS @Megabooks I've read two compilations of his articles and listened to his podcast along with your tagged booked. have So You've Been Publicly Shamed on my TBR shelf. I also love Caitlin Moran. 4mo
cewilf Great reading progress! 4mo
Megabooks @cobwebmoth Thanks!! 😊😊 4mo
Megabooks @KathyWheeler I‘m really enjoying him, but I‘ve read all the ones my library has now. ☹️☹️ 4mo
Megabooks @AutumnRLS I just finished SYBPS a few days ago! 4mo
Megabooks @cewilf Thank you! 😊😊 4mo
AutumnRLS @Megabooks did you like it? 4mo
Megabooks @AutumnRLS I did very much! Probably more than the psychopath test. And a friend from college played a minor role, which was amusing. 4mo
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Hey y‘all, I did it!! I read 24 hours in 37 hours!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💃🏻💃🏻📚📚 I‘m about ⅔ finished with these three books, and I completely finished three others yesterday. Pretty good! I should probably get some sleep, maybe watch some TV! 🤣🤣

Woo hoo! #24in48 #readathon #completed #needsleep 😴😴😴

Shaunesay Congrats!!! Loved Fangirl! 4mo
Hufflepuffle Well done!!! That‘s an amazing achievement!!! 4mo
Mollyanna Congratulations! Great job! 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
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gradcat Yay!! 🥂🎉👏🏻 4mo
MicheleinPhilly WOW! That is impressive! 4mo
Simona 👏👏👏👏Congrats❣️ 4mo
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UwannaPublishme Woooo hoooo! You did it! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🍾🍾 4mo
xicanti You did great! 4mo
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wanderinglynn 👏 👏 👏 Congrats!!! 4mo
Megabooks Thanks y‘all!! I took a nap and ate some sushi (while listening to an audiobook 🤣), and now, I‘m just going to relax and half read/half watch tv like practically every night. 😉😁 Thank you for celebrating with me!! 🥳🥳📚 @Shaunesay @Hufflepuffle @Mollyanna @gradcat @MicheleinPhilly @Simona @DebinHawaii @ellarebee @mrp27 @UwannaPublishme @xicanti @TheSpineView @wanderinglynn 4mo
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Drocchio03
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Mehso-so

The title is a misnomer as the book takes a more holistic look at mental health disorders and the labeling of patients. The exploration of the right amount of “madness” required for compelling reality tv was most interesting (and upsetting and clearly exploitative).

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I wasn‘t sure about this book after the first chapter or two but then it very quickly became engrossing, interesting and a little bit scary.

Some of the ‘experiments‘ carried out were very 😲!

This was my #blinddatewithabook swap from the #readingretreat so thank you very much Emma @Oryx !

Velvetfur Ohh yes I really liked this one! 5mo
TrishB I have this on the tbr! 5mo
RachelO Nice photo! 5mo
julesG Oh, I still haven't put this on my stack! 5mo
Oryx Glad you liked it! I really enjoy his writing style 5mo
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Jilly6183
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I read this book a few years ago and loved it. It‘s a fantastic book (and I can certainly think of someone currently in a position of power that would check a lot of boxes....). But after listening to Ronson‘s podcast, “The Butterfly Effect,” I knew I had to listen to this one. I could listen to Ronson read the dictionary tbh.

rretzler I bought this a long time ago on Audible and completely forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me that I need to read it. 6mo
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7Chezzah7
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Fascinating

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Kmglennie
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This is so well written it‘s easy to forget it‘s nonfiction. And yes I did just spend the last five minutes googling “mark zuckerberg psychopath test”.

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candority
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The Psychopath Test provides an entertaining journey through the madness industry. The goal of this journey was to explore psychopathy, but Ronson also delves into a variety of other topics including other forms of mental illness, the development and use of the DSM, misdiagnoses, scientology, and more. These topics were interesting, educational, and well-written, but I think they distracted from the focus on psychopathy. Still enjoyable though!

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candority
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Beautiful #audiowalk (or more accurately #audiosnowshoe) this morning. Patches is on the run 😂 #dogsoflitsy

Amiable Gorgeous photo! 8mo
Bookwormjillk Wow! 8mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous setting 8mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 8mo
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Book gems are books that never remain on a shelf. They can never be read once, and when I read this again, THE PSYCHOPATH TEST, what I took away is this: "A lot of people are scared they‘re going mad these days...and it‘s comforting for them to hear someone like me on the radio, someone who has the same ‘crazy‘ beliefs they have... but sounds happy, and not mad. I challenge anyone to come and see me and leave believing I sound mad.” ~

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"Practically every prime-time program is populated by people who are just the right sort of mad, and I now knew what the formula was. The right sort of mad are people who are a bit madder than we fear we‘re becoming, and in a recognizable way. We might be anxious but we aren‘t as anxious as they are. We might be paranoid but we aren‘t as paranoid as they are. We are entertained by them, and comforted that we‘re not as mad as they are."

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"Sociopaths love power. They love winning. If you take loving kindness out of the human brain, there‘s not much left except the will to win...The higher you go up the ladder, the greater the number of sociopaths you'll find there... So the wars, the injustices, the exploitation, all of these things occur because of that tiny percent of the population up there who are mad in this certain way?”

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"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. And psychopaths are to blame for this brutal, misshapen society. They‘re the jagged rocks thrown into the still pond.”

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RaimeyGallant Welcome 10mo
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3mma
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#1 (2019) Enjoyable easy read, kept my attention. Nothing groundbreaking but drawn together well. Engaging writing style. Psychopaths and the science behind the way the brain works is fascinating and I really want to find some more scientific and detailed texts to read now. But even more thought provoking is the issue of madness as a spectrum and/or spokes, and the ethics of categorising people and their madness as a result. 7/10 #ebbooks2019

Kaylamburson I've been wanting to read this one for so long! Welcome to Litsy!!! 10mo
3mma @Kaylamburson thanks! It‘s a really enjoyable, quick read. His style makes it easy to picture your self in his shoes going through the ‘investigation‘ of madness. Enjoy! 10mo
Kaylamburson That does sound so good! I have to move it up my TBR! 10mo
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Kaye Welcome. 💖 10mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy!🤩 10mo
3mma @kaye @DarcysMom thanks! 👍 10mo
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JulietBoydAuthor
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Audio version. Read by the author, this is a very easy to listen to investigation into what constitutes a psychopath, including treatments past and present.

Oryx Such a fascinating read 10mo
TrishB Have this on the tbr! 10mo
Lea this one is on my list. Glad to hear you enjoyed it 10mo
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JaneyWaneyB I really enjoyed this book, so interesting 10mo
JulietBoydAuthor @Oryx @JaneyWaneyB So many types and so many lists. Interesting and a little disturbing. 10mo
JulietBoydAuthor @TrishB @Lea I'm sure you'll find it interesting. 10mo
AutumnRLS Loved this book. Currently have So You've Been Publicly Shamed in my TBR pile. 10mo
JulietBoydAuthor @AutumnRLS I think that's the other one my audio library has. I would've put it on hold, but I already have three books I'm waiting for that are due to become available in January. 😁 10mo
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Apinlibraryland
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Really interesting and compulsively readable. Made me want to research more on this topic, which I think is the sign of a great nonfiction read.

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Apinlibraryland
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2018 has been the year of non-fiction for me. Here are all my unread non-fiction books. I don‘t think I‘ve ever had this many on my owned tbr. Currently reading The Psychopath Test.

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Next up! It‘s looking up be a wild Saturday night. 😉

Texreader That looks delicious!! 12mo
KirstieE What a great night ahead for you 😉 12mo
JPeterson @Texreader It was! Basically spinach-artichoke dip on pizza. 😊 12mo
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JPeterson @KirstieE Yes! 😁 12mo
LauraJ That‘s a really good book 🖤 12mo
ClairesReads This book is great! 12mo
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Matilda
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Listened to the first half today and, well, I‘ll just be over her diagnosing everybody as a psychopath, m‘kay!

vivastory 😂😂 I love Ronson 12mo
Anton My wife has done that ever since she read this! 12mo
Matilda @Anton your wife is doing good work! 😂 12mo
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Double spot for numbers fifteen and sixteen #countingbooks

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LibraryCin
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I guess this wasn‘t what I thought it would be (should have read summaries closer!) He‘s not a psychiatrist, or even a psychologist, so if you want real information on psychopaths/sociopaths, I would recommend “The Sociopath Next Door” as being much better. Some of the history Ronson provided was interesting, though, and particularly a look at current diagnoses of kids today. I listened to the audio, read by the author, and my concentration varied

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JaneyWaneyB
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This is a great book that takes you through one disorders journey in psychiatry by introducing the doctors, researchers & pyschologists that created the experiments, treatments, drugs & ultimately the test. Ronson introduces some great living characters & some weird, creepy ones too but it makes his journey all the more interesting. This is a guy who has done his research and he has a great writing style which kept me engaged throughout the book.

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JaneyWaneyB
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Really enjoying this book. Not a usual pick for me as I tend to enjoy fiction. Ronson is a good writer and is very easy to read. The topic is a so interesting and I've been sucked straight in...I know what my plan is for the rest of the bank holiday weekend

#SundayReading #SummerReads #Books #BookNerd #WeAreAllMadHere #threedayweekend #Rain #BritishWeather #RainyDaysAreMadeForReading

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Babs_book_obsession
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An easy entertaining read with more interesting anecdotes and journalism than technical detail, especially compared to Shrinks which I read earlier this year. It is light and makes you think which I get the feeling is what the author was going for.

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rwmg
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The author is like an interviewer who asks good questions but doesn't really let the interviewee answer in more than a soundbite before he wanders off onto another subject. Frustrating.

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rwmg
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A crazy desire to label all life a mental disorder

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rwmg
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😕

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rwmg
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My cover is different #coffeeandabook

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StephTKO
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Oh Jon, always involved in the kookiest shenanigans.

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artkavanagh
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At least he wasn‘t reading a book — or was he? (Picture originally posted by Logan Summers on Google+.)

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Skyfullofzoes

For school, I had to read a nonfiction book and I‘m really glad I found this one. I typically find nonfiction books boring and slow, but it really picks up and you learn a lot. It puts an interesting perspective on how and what people view as “insanity” and “psychopathic”. Also the treatment of it. This book is hard to describe because it jumps all over the place. So I might end up explaining each chapter.

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Skyfullofzoes
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The book follows Jon Ronson, a journalist hired to solve a case about a mysterious book at scientists‘ doorsteps. Soon he learns about mental illnesses from DSM books, and finds an interest in spotting psychopaths. He learns from Bob Hare how to use his check list and tries to spot some. It goes through interviews and cases of identifying psychopaths and gives you a little insight on how to “cure” psychopathy.

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andrew61
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#fiercefeb #neuroticsociety
jon ronson was able to shed light on some particularly neurotic individuals and groups in these two books- when i got them out for this it made me want to reread them as his writing is so spot on.

batsy Sounds very interesting. And such arresting covers! 2y
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tif
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@Tove_Reads

📚What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding - Kristin Newman
📚Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
📚The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
📚 I'm always willing to give a second chance 😊

Tove_Reads I‘m the same way, but no more Atwood for me, no way! 2y
tif @Tove_Reads I've only read the Handmaid's Tale and loved it. Is there one in particular of hers that you hated? 2y
Tove_Reads The Edible Woman or something like that. 2y
tif @Tove_Reads lol. Maybe I'll avoid that one 😁 2y
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tif
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All the books by Jon Ronson make me happy. They are full of humour and insight and challenge the way I look at the world. I especially like listening to him narrating them as he has such a distinctive voice that I could listen to all day #1000pixiedust @Lizpixie

Lizpixie I love this book as well!❤️👍 2y
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bookdrunkard78
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For #ManicMonday I have my selection of books about psychology that I have been dying to read. One of these days I will read all the books I own. Maybe. #awesomeautumnbooks

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jdtchicago

the American physician Samuel Cartwright identifying in 1851 a mental disorder, drapetomania, evident only in slaves. The sole symptom was “the desire to run away from slavery” and the cure was to “whip the devil out of them

Suet624 Wow 2y
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jdtchicago

There are obviously a lot of very ill people out there. But there are also people in the middle, getting overlabeled, becoming nothing more than a big splurge of madness in the minds of the people who benefit from it.