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  • Title: The Wisdom of Psychopaths
  • Author: Kevin Dutton
  • ISBN: 9780434020676
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of madness along which we all sit Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has in common with a Ted BunIn this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of madness along which we all sit Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.Dutton argues that there are indeed functional psychopaths among us different from their murderous counterparts who use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, and that shockingly, in some fields, the psychopathic people are, the likely they are to succeed Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on the ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high security ward, shares a drink with one of the world s most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.As Dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is psychopathic than ever after all, psychopaths tend to be fearless, confident, charming, ruthless, and focused qualities that are tailor made for success in the twenty first century Provocative at every turn, The Wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it s our much maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success.
    The Wisdom of Psychopaths In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of madness along which we all sit I

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    1. Mostly, this book was too technical for my personal reading taste.but I think I got the basic point WE ARE ALL A LITTLE BIT CRAZY Everyone can be a psychopath Business leaders, CEO s, sales people, traders, athletes, soldiers, TV Radio workers, journalists, lawyers, surgeons, etc Also its nature than a nurture thing.The author spends a good time in this book talking about Functional Psychopaths in other words not all psychopaths are damaging to society I couldn t help but wonder Yeah, but did t [...]

    2. So, this was disappointing.In sum, this book is about how some psychopathic qualities are actually really helpful and positive and incorporating them into your life can make you succeed They can reduce anxiety and depression, make you productive, and even make your empathetic although if you re a true psychopath with sadistic tendencies, the empathy payout is getting to enjoy the suffering of your victims so, this isn t a heartwarming hope for psychopaths book.Look, I ll be honest I was kind [...]

    3. In so far as dishing out some interesting facts on psychopathy this was a decent read I m all for learning the on off switches that control what we define as our personalities and the book delivers on that front.In terms of pointing out worthwhile lessons to be taken from the personality disorder it was oddly biased the author claims his father and best friend are psychopaths and even muddled It makes a case that there are some instances where having a me me me philosophy is beneficial to yours [...]

    4. Psychopaths are not misunderstood geniuses with much to teach us about how to be human, as the author contends They are murderers, rapists, child molesters and criminals of every stripe They are Wall Street cheats and ruthless dictators They are cult leaders, con men and reprobates.I agree with the esteemed Martha Stout about this book Here s what she had to say in The New Republic newrepublic book revie.Dutton seeks to normalize the horrors of the psychopathic personality, by selectively presen [...]

    5. Ironically, both psychopaths and Tibetan monks detect deep emotions that are invisible to others Psychopaths are much better at recognizing those telltale signs in the gait of traumatized assault victims notes The Wisdom of Psychopaths author, Kevin Dutton Tibetan monks, steeped in meditative practice, are also especially adept at reading feelings that are hidden from the rest of us, Paul Ekman discovered Ekman, is the preeminent expert on lying and on the six universally expressed emotions in t [...]

    6. By Martin LangfieldIf you ve ever thought your boss is a psychopath, you may be right, according to psychologist Kevin Dutton And if you re a top flight markets trader, captain of industry, surgeon or soldier, you may well be one yourself But that s OK, says Dutton It may even be optimal The Wisdom of Psychopaths, an exploration of serial killers, monks, spies and CEOs through the prism of personality tests and neuroscience, is a good book lurking within a bad one In this regard it perfectly ref [...]

    7. The Wisdom of Psychopaths begins with a few strikes against it First, one suspects the publisher commissioned it as a knockoff of Jon Ronson s The Psychopath Test, published a year earlier Second, it s vaguely framed as a self help book, although it never really commits to the concept.Regardless of the publisher s intention, Kevin Dutton turns out to hold the better credentials he s a research psychologist at Oxford University and acquits himself well as a nonfiction author He can be forgiven fo [...]

    8. This rating has a lot to do with my expectations, but also with the fact that I don t agree with the author s view I m a psychology student and like many people I m interested in psychopaths and how their minds work My roommate got this book from one of her friends and because she gave up on it, I ended up reading it to see how it is So, I went almost blindly in this one, not knowing what to expect From the title and the synopsis, I was expecting stories about popular psychopaths, like Ted Bunty [...]

    9. I guess I expected too much from this one.It is not so much that it left me unconvinced, but I still have trouble with discerning what Dutton s hypothesis was in the first place The book appears to be a mumbo jumbo of anecdotes, scientific article and book excerpts, snaps from interviews, lectures, conversations It is easy to read and has insightful points which remain just that points of reference for further exploration but I often failed to grasp the meaning the author was trying to underline [...]

    10. Last autumn, I came across this article in the Globe and Mail which includes an interview with author Kevin Dutton and an overview of his book The Wisdom of Psychopaths I felt a dropping in my stomach as I read it, because at the end of the article were two lists one denoting leadership traits, the other the corresponding psychopathic traits The first list came fairly close to describing my father The second list pretty much nailed him I sat in a mild state of shock for a few minutes, then logge [...]

    11. Actually this is even better than I anticipated, in that the author directly argues his point with some decent supporting evidence Other books that are trying to make an interesting point e.g Blink The Power of Thinking Without Thinking often don t really go anywhere other than trying to blow your mind with neat and quirky things that studies have found And what is the author s point That psychopaths are useful in some areas of society, and that people can do better at some things if they have p [...]

    12. The author is that guy He has some vague attempts at being self deprecating but just can t hide how much he wants to make love to himself not in the normal masturbatory way, but in a creepy doppelganger gangbang sort of way.Also, the book reads like an excessively long blog post.The article on this book from Scientific American Mind covers anything you might want to learn without the nausea and the bitter taste of haterade.

    13. Written at a very accessible level for a casual reader of psychology, packed with moments of humor and active thinking, and ultimately an enjoyable read It makes one wonder where on the sliding scale we d be, or at least I did The contrast between saints and sinners gets a little blurry as Dutton tries to make the case that in moderate doses, some psychopathic traits are very beneficial to society I wonder then, if it s at all possible to prevent the negatives while capitalizing on the positives [...]

    14. Though I ve read this book quite fast but I really enjoyed those useful lessons and somehow in mid of it, I started considering myself as a good psychopath Someone who has total control on fear or any emotion, whatsoever And, it maybe due to years of mediation reading spiritual scriptures The main message in this book is Some psychopaths end up in jail as tried murderers and rapists, but others are successful executives, lawyers and surgeons and hold high political offices Actually, it s specifi [...]

    15. Excellent Dr Dutton examines the phenomenon of the psychopathic personality from every angle, positive and negative, and makes the resulting study lively, fascinating, and serious but also often funny He explores the latest science at the time of writing 2009 seeking explanations of how and why some people are psychopaths, how they think and behave, and even undergoes an experimental procedure with a trancranial magnetic stimulation TMS machine one I d love to try too to have his own brain very [...]

    16. This fascinating book made me think and reevaluate, which is as high a compliment as I can pay I was originally drawn to it by an interview with the author in the Toronto Globe and Mail Dr Dutton said that not all psychopaths are dangerous which I already knew many of them were bank traders who drove us to the Great Recession , but he took it further he stated that in some circumstances, being a psychopath is an advantage Many psychopaths are extremely successful, as is shown by a study that det [...]

    17. Sutton s interest in the subject is somewhat personal he suspected his own father was a path A few small anecdotes in and he gets to the meat he interviews a few experts in the field to get their perspective on if, how the traits of a psychopath can actually be beneficial if we utilize them in our daily lives Unlike sociopaths emotional, prone to outbursts of uncontrolled anger, yadda psychopaths are described as having emotions, just dialed way down In fact, contrary to what many people think t [...]

    18. Don t be fooled by the title Although this book does take a look into how convicted and named psychopaths go about doing what they do, this is really a book about how to get what you want Psychopaths just seem to not mind overstepping the boundary of the sanctity of human life Runners up Why, CEO s, of course The breakdown covers traits of those who are successful at what they do PK s are hyper focused, usually charismatic, and don t let things like morality, being good or nice, get in the way o [...]

    19. Cuando hablamos de psic patas tendemos a pensar que son los cl sicos asesinos que salen en las pel culas Este libro es un estudio a fondo de a gente que posee estas caracter sticas Un psic pata no tiene por qu ser un asesino, sino que act a en muchas ocasiones, de la forma lo m s racional posible casi obviando las emociones Y tambi n pueden ser emp ticos.Recomendado para todos los p blicos.

    20. I ve always maintained that if I wasn t studying psychopaths in prison, I d do so at the stock exchange, he enthused Without doubt, there s a greater proportion of psychopathic big hitters in the corporate world than there is in the general population You ll find them in any organization where your position and status afford you power and control over others, and the chance of material gain His coauthor on the corporate psychopathy paper, New York industrial and organizational psychologist Paul [...]

    21. A bit of a tough read at times, but interesting stuff.In ch 5 Make me a psychopath , the case of Bradley Waldroup e emergence of neurolawe increasingly greater interest the courts are now taking in cutting edge neuroscience The watershed study was published in 2002, and found that a functional polymorphism in a neurotransmitter metabolizing gene predicts psychopathic behavior in men who were mistreated as children The gene in question terms, as mentioned previously, the warrior gene by the media [...]

    22. I struggle to give this a 5 star but would rank it higher than a 4 The discussions were quite insightful and the analysis of the Frog and Scorpion were used 2 days after explaining the book to an individual For what it teaches us about success is also very interesting Thinking of heads of various companies, I can see how the single track focused mindset with blinders to everything else can propel a company to the top Yes, those companies probably have bodies along the way but those executives ar [...]

    23. This book reads as if it were written by a relatively young, tenured Oxford professor of psychologywhich it is It has a permeating egotism throughout the writing and the air of superiority comes through in numerous ways.That being said, if you can get past the dripping meliority, the book is actually quite good.Kevin Dutton analyzes the brains and behaviours of some of the world s leaders in industry and finance as well as some of the most brutal killers Decorated soldiers, investment bankers, l [...]

    24. What i can sum up from reading this book Psychopaths possess certain personality traits which few of us have or master, this is advantageous in many circumstances in the complexity of life, and this may bring success in certain profession with proper containment of those traits But the counterpoint is that some of the traits are not inherently psychopathic and we can practice them with examples not from psychopaths but those trustworthy, compassionate as well If you want to better yourselves, go [...]

    25. Kevin Dutton s The Wisdom of the Psychopaths would have made for a terrific Rolling Stone article It presents a fun thesis that being a psychopath, at least in moderation, can be useful it s full of cheeky, colorful language if there s one thing psychopaths have in common, it s the consummate ability to pass themselves off as normal, everyday folk, while behind the facade the brutal, brilliant disguise beats the refrigerated heart of a ruthless, glacial predator and it does a decent job of inter [...]

    26. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuKevin Dutton e fanul tuturor psihopa ilor i i place at t de tare de ei nc t ajunge la concluzia c ace tia sunt chiar n elep i i c de in anumite abilit i care ne ar putea ajuta pe noi c nd spun noi nu m refer i la mine din motive evidente s fim mai buni n ceea ce facem Mai competen i Mai puternici Mai inteligen i Mai altfel dec t marea majoritate plictisitoare a oamenilor care muncesc i tr iesc pe acest p m nt jinduind dup succes i lupt nd [...]

    27. The author begins his book by explaining that his own father was a psychopath On what evidence It seems that while he was driven to succeed, he was undeterred by failure, and his spirits never sank If this seems like unsupported reasoning to you, you may find the rest of the book irritating as well The author consistently uses the two techniques illustrated by his introduction label anyone who strongly exhibits any trait among the many associated with sociopathic personality disorder as a psycho [...]

    28. The brilliant thing about psychopaths is that they are quite rational, and sometimes, too rational.Fear is useless because it is based on potential outcomes, many of which may not happen and have definitely not happened in real life right now.The brain goes into a fast forward mode and you lose sight of the present.What if you were asleep Then, you wouldn t be scared would you Shouldn t one unknown life be less valuable than 4 unknown lives If yes, then push.Psychopaths are amazing at understand [...]

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