Posts Tagged: Psychopaths

The Link Between Writing and Psychopathy

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We’ve heard the arguments (and read American Psycho) about how success in the business world is often linked with psychopathic traits, but surely the same couldn’t be said about success in creative fields like writing? New research suggests that strong track records of writing success may be correlated with certain psychopathic traits. But don’t worry, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with M.E. Thomas

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M.E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight, discusses writing a memoir, being a lawyer and a Mormon, the unreliability of memory—and, of course, being a high-functioning sociopath.

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The Sociopath’s Side of the Story

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With the recent spate of writing about sociopathy—including Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test and a New York Times story on possibly psychopathic children—it was only a matter of time before we got a firsthand account from someone who actually has the disorder. That someone is M. E. Thomas, and a chapter from her new book Confessions of a Sociopath […]

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Lessons from the Psych Ward

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“‘I see he hasn’t killed you, then,’ he says casually. ‘You going soft in your old age, Larry?’” Scientific American has posted an excerpt of The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success by Kevin Dutton. However surprising, they actually have some good ideas: “A psychopath’s rapacious proclivity to […]

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Psychopathic Presidents

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PsychCentral covers a study that claims presidential candidates benefit from psychopathic behavior. It is purported that traits such as “fearless dominance” can help the Chief lead to their best abilities: “In fact, he noted that fearless dominance, linked to low social and physical apprehensiveness, correlates with better-rated presidential performance for leadership, persuasiveness, crisis management and Congressional relations.”

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