The Wisdom of Psychopaths

The Wisdom of Psychopaths

Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/09/2013
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The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Fascinating yet lacking
After reading Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, I have become slightly obsessed with the notion of psychopaths and the unnerving reality of their existence am... READ MORE
Charlie Hay at Brentwood


'A surprising, absorbing and perceptive book. I found it altogether fascinating' PHILIP PULLMAN

Psychopath. No sooner is the word out than images of murderers, rapists, suicide bombers and gangsters flash across our minds.

But unlike their film and television counterparts, not all psychopaths are violent, or even criminal. Far from it. In fact, they have a lot of good things going for them. Psychopaths are fearless, confident, charismatic, ruthless and focused - qualities tailor-made for success in twenty-first-century society.

In this groundbreaking adventure into the world of psychopaths, renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals a shocking truth: beneath the hype and the popular stereotype, psychopaths have something to teach us.

With a new introduction from the author

'Highly original . . . provocative and humorous' V. S. RAMACHANDRAN

'This startling study considers whether or not we have anything to learn from psychopaths . . . it's good to know that rubbing shoulders with such dangerous characters hasn't destroyed his sense of humour.' THE TIMES

'Inspiring and revelatory. Dutton's book gave me an insight into who I really am' ANDY McNAB

'Dutton's curiosity takes him from boardrooms and law courts to neurological labs . . . Psychopaths, we learn, are the ultimate optimists; they always think things will work in their favour'GUARDIAN

'The Wisdom of Psychopaths is captivating. Dr. Dutton's book invigorated my consideration of not just a certain television character, but slow-pulsed overachievers everywhere' MICHAEL C HALL (Dexter)

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780099551065
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 290g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Interesting but predictable
A good read but somewhat repetitive and tells us what we’d guess intuitively. Enjoyed the anecdotes though. Surprised Novak Djokovic not mentioned…ticks e... READ MORE
The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Interesting read for beginners in psychology
This was one of my self selected pre-study books before starting my Social Psychology degree. I wanted to get a broad spectrum of behaviour traits and patt... READ MORE