When you hear the word “sociopath”, what do you think of? Do you think of criminals? Murderers? The people you see on the news and have nightmares about? In Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas, Thomas shows just how false this stereotype is. Thomas tells us that sociopaths, like herself, are your neighbors, your doctors, your teachers, even your spouse. They are characterized as extremely intelligent, charismatic, passionate–the person you want to take home at the end of the night and at the same time, the person you want to take home to your mother.
Thomas delves, honestly and completely, into her life, giving us such examples as her indifferent response to a drowning animal. In describing her dating life, Thomas states that truthfully, in most interactions that she has, she merely gives exactly what is needed so that she gets exactly what she wants. She goes on into great detail about her life and includes quotes from other non-violent sociopaths that dive into the career aspects of their lives. These other sociopaths note that many people place too much emotion and empathy into their working environment. By not doing this, sociopaths are instead climbing, easily, the career ladder and far exceeding those who are more empathetic.
Thomas is charming, successful, and the type of woman most women would long to be. But she is also a diagnosed, though non-violent, sociopath. There are violent sociopaths roaming our society, but many more are non-violent. A statistic that reads, “One in every twenty-five people is a non-violent sociopath”, will make you wonder….could this be me? Work, relationships, and life is different for these people and you, as the reader, must form your own opinions when it comes to sociopathic views and strengths.
Thomas’ book is vivid, smart, and brutally honest. It is a read that stimulates the mind in a variety of ways as it should since sociopaths do what they have to in order to charm us into submission. Pick it up if you’re looking for an interesting read.
Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her wife, her chihuahua Penny, her retriever Ella and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.
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