The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry Author Jon Ronson
ISBN-10 1594485755
ISBN-13 9781594485756
Year 2012-05-01
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Riverhead Books
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In this madcap journey a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors scientists and everyone else who studies them The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness Jon Ronson s exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world s top neurologists takes him unexpectedly into the heart of the madness industry An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are in fact psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues And so Ronson armed with his new psychopath spotting abilities enters the corridors of power He spends time with a death squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie New York a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he s sane and certainly not a psychopath Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers disturbingly that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are with their drives and obsessions as mad in their own way as those they study And that relatively ordinary people are more and more defined by their maddest edges

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