Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Reading time: 4 hours
New knowledge 7/10
Need to pay attention 4/10
Emotional connection 3/10
Unquantifiable satisfaction 8/10
Overall 7/10

This non-fiction tale about a one-man quest to understand psychopathy reads like a journal. Jon Ronson - an anxiety-ridden journalist who gets the bug to find out as much as possible about the history of psychopathy as a mental disorder takes us around the world as he visits not only the man who came up with the original psychopath test to several psychopaths - from convicted criminals to powerful CEOs. He presents all his information in an amusing manner and annotates historical vignettes and psychological jargon with his own witty remarks.

I read this book in one sitting - it is a fascinating and an easy read that will have you knowing a little more about a strangely specialized subject. It's probable that you will start suspecting yourself and others around you of being a psychopath, but that will fade after a few days. If it doesn't face - here is a link to the psychopathy test that Ronson provides in the book. Just in case.

The Psychopath Test on Amazon


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