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 is excerpted on Psychology Today‘s website. A preview:

The father of a friend in grade school had to pull me aside and sternly ask me to stop beating his daughter. She was a skinny, stringy thing with a goofy laugh, as if she were asking to be slapped. I didn’t know that I was doing something bad. It didn’t even occur to me that it would hurt her or that she might not like it.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →