Title: The Psychopath Test
Author: Jon Ronson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 294
This book was an interesting read, and it actually led to a number of real-life conversations with other people about psychopaths, and some of the subjects that are covered in this book. You can even take a variation of the psychopath test online, and I discovered that two of the people that I work with could qualify. That said, the interesting thing about psychopathy is that if you’re worried that you might be a psychopath, you’re not a psychopath.
Here, Jon Ronson follows the cases of a number of well-known public figures – from criminals to CEOs and businessmen – as well as the teachings of several well-known psychiatrists. He even takes a little look at scientology, which teaches that psychiatry is a sham and which even funds an organisation that’s designed to work against the field.
This, then, is the kind of non-fiction book that I like to read. For me, a good non-fiction book contains a sort of underlying narrative, as well as a number of little triggers that make you think about things, and this book definitely makes the cut when it comes to that. In fact, it has the potential to change the way that you look at the world – in no time at all, you’ll start to spot psychopaths all over the place, and it’s true that they could actually be everywhere.
It took me a little while to get around to reading this, but once I started it, I was glad that I did. It definitely comes recommended from me, especially if you like learning stuff and watching documentaries. In fact, the book even comes recommended by Louis Theroux!