Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?

Almost a Psychopath Do I or Does Someone I Know Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy Do you know someone who is just a bit too manipulative and full of himself Does someone you know charm the masses yet lack the ability to deeply connect with those around her You might have an Almost

  • Title: Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?
  • Author: Ronald Schouten James Silver
  • ISBN: 9781616491024
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Do you know someone who is just a bit too manipulative and full of himself Does someone you know charm the masses yet lack the ability to deeply connect with those around her You might have an Almost Psychopath in your life.Do you know someone who is too manipulative and full of himself Does someone you know charm the masses yet lack the ability to deeply connect with tDo you know someone who is just a bit too manipulative and full of himself Does someone you know charm the masses yet lack the ability to deeply connect with those around her You might have an Almost Psychopath in your life.Do you know someone who is too manipulative and full of himself Does someone you know charm the masses yet lack the ability to deeply connect with those around her Grandiosity and exaggerated self worth Pathological lying Manipulation Lack of remorse Shallowness Exploitation for financial gain These are the qualities of Almost Psychopaths They are not the deranged criminals or serial killers that might be coined psychopaths in the movies or on TV They are spouses, coworkers, bosses, neighbors, and people in the news who exhibit many of the same behaviors as a full blown psychopath, but with less intensity and consistency.In Almost a Psychopath, Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, and James Silver, JD, draw on scientific research and their own experiences to help you identify if you are an Almost Psychopath and, if so, guide you to interventions and resources to change your behavior.If you think you have encountered an Almost Psychopath, they offer practical tools to help you recognize the behavior, attitudes, and characteristics of the Almost Psychopath make sense of interactions you ve had with Almost Psychopaths devise strategies for dealing with them in the present make informed decisions about your next steps andlearn ways to help an Almost Psychopath get better control of their behavior.The Almost Effect Series presents books written by Harvard Medical School faculty and other experts that offer guidance on common behavioral and physical problems falling in the spectrum between normal health and a full blown medical condition These are the first publications to help general readers recognize and address these problems.

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    1. Well done. The authors tackle the basic challenge of the gray areas between truly psychopathic people and actions and those that are healthy and benign. They offer quite a few useful examples at least some of which will probably remind most readers of people and situations they know.Our culture includes widespread misconceptions about what it means and how it looks for someone to be a psychopath. Even the mental health field is divided on the details, as reflected in the literature. However, in [...]

    2. If the people in this book are all "almost psychopaths" then so is almost anyone who has ever experienced anger, sadness, depression, or mania in their lives. Through the lens of a broken relationship, almost anyone can appear to be "almost a psychopath". Selective memory "almost" guarantees it. On the other hand, reading this book will surely reassure you that whoever wronged you is pathologically damaged and it is nature which conspired against your perfect union. Bullshit.

    3. Not gonna lie. I made my husband pick this shit up from the library when I got the email 'you have a hold available! come pick up in the next 5 days.' We're new to town and I don't need homies whispering about THAT WOMAN who got a book with the subtitle 'Do I (or Does someone I Know) Have a problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy. It's paging the Department of Ominous. I sort of like the fact that it somehow reminds me of the camp horror movie title 'I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER'.But da [...]

    4. Psychopath is one of those words that people tend to throw around a lot, like schizophrenic or insane, without, perhaps, knowing the exact diagnostic criteria for such an evaluation. Sure, that jerk you work with might be tough to deal with, but is he actually a psychopath? This book will help you figure that out. It is also helpful if you want to know what borderline personality disorder or other mental health designations look like, at least in a strictly professional sense. It's a light enjoy [...]

    5. This it is a fairly decent review of current thought about sociopaths. I expected much more about how to deal with them, but the fact is they are difficult to deal with. Most people don't know what to do when faced with this kind of behavior. I guess the best this book has to offer is comfort in knowing that we're not crazy when we we find ourselves dealing with someone who displays this pattern of characteristics. The almost psychopaths really are out there and most of us will run into a few of [...]

    6. Could not put it down. My ex had all these traits and it is interesting to see that this is the way they are. Most people who didn't like it have never dealt with people this was so they don't understand. It's a great book. Full of useful information and details about why they do this. It helps victims of them recover from this and move on to know never to fall for it again.

    7. This book was a homework assignment for me. The subject is not a pleasant one, but chances are that sometime in your life, you will run into a person like this. Far better that you are armed with the knowledge necessary to navigate your way through it without getting into a dysfunctional, unhealthy mess. My challenge to you is to read this book and live your healthiest life!

    8. Almost interesting. Suffered in comparison to books I've read recently by Bill Eddy, so maybe better on its own terms than I'm giving it credit for.

    9. This book was useful. I would have liked more examples of the behavior and how to deal with it, but it was still a helpful book to read. Sadly there are a good deal of Almost Psychopaths out there.

    10. 3.5/5 stars.What's the difference between a psychopath and sociopath? On a curious whim, I decided to consult a nearby bookstore. While bent, spine curled sloppily to the side and head loosely dangling from my neck, I spotted this book near the bottom shelf. Admittedly, the title seemed a bit removed from what I had wondered, but the first chapter made a good impression and I was pleasantly surprised. I learned the answer to my initial question, and many other questions I'd had for a long time, [...]

    11. I read this book years ago after a friend mentioned hearing about it on NPR. It's written by folks from Harvard Medical and was part of a series that details conditions that people can "almost" suffer from, hence the title. Most physical medical conditions (cancer, AIDS, etc.) you either have or you don't, but many behavioral and psychological disorders are on a spectrum where someone can almost suffer from them. I thought this book did a great job of explaining psychopathy (all those times grow [...]

    12. I was surprised and inspired by this book. I enjoyed reading about the different behavior disorders, and I appreciated the listing of symptoms for them. I liked the nuanced approach to understanding the concept of "almost". I am an "almost" at everything I do, no matter how hard I commit, and I am pretty good at committing. I still don't feel like I've earned the right to be called Mom yet because my children aren't grown. Shouldn't they call me M2C instead? M2C = Mom Second Class, sort of like [...]

    13. The response to this book completely depends on what one is expecting. As an academic book, a learning experience, some information you may not have been privy to before, inquiries that have you considering your life differently as well as the relationships you have, it does it relatively well. The case studies and/or vignettes were interesting to read, albeit sometimes quite textbook. As far as a self help title, which it advertises itself as, not so much. The last few chapters that designate t [...]

    14. This book wasn't quite as helpful as I'd hoped it would be in learning to deal with "almost psychopaths," but it is helpful just to know that you're not crazy when you think there's something off about someone with these qualities. It does have suggestions for how to handle certain situations, but unfortunately the ultimate answer seems to be that there isn't much that can be done, short of getting away from the person or people if you can. The book is easy to read though, and does discuss other [...]

    15. In general, well-meaning people tend to be tolerant of the 'foibles' of others. They choose to 'live and let live' and generally ignore the suspicious behavior of colleagues, dates, and bosses - until it's too late.Society is trained to be kind.Yet, a too-tolerant attitude gives endless permission to 'almost psychopaths' to do what they do best.This is a very well-written book with lots of great examples to make ideas super clear.Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir [...]

    16. This book explores the idea that psychopathy exists on a spectrum. "The only real difference is the degree to which they exhibit these traits compared with true psychopaths." The authors estimate that 5 to 15% of people fall into the 'almost' range.One thing I liked about this book is that it explored other diagnoses that have overlapping symptoms, such as bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, etc. Overall, useful book to loo [...]

    17. Interesting read about people who may or may not qualify for psychopath status. Shouten and Silver go over the DSM specifications for psychopath, talk about the importance of degree of deviation from the norm as being key, and describe various scenarios. In each scenario, they ask you to determine if the person is a psychopath or a different diagnosis that may share some overlap with psychopathology. They also try to teach how to make the call on whether the person merely has a personality disor [...]

    18. I think the reasons I had for picking this book up are more interesting than the book itself. In the past I had a friend who I believe was at least a Narcissist and possibly more who manipulated me for years. I'm terrified of it ever happening again.It had a self-help book tone to it which wasn't quite what I wanted. The case studies did help understand the large variety of behavior that can come from almost-psychopathy though. This book isn't bad, it just isn't what I wanted. It can still be a [...]

    19. This book came into my life at a time when I have been feeling disrespected by someone to whom I have been giving a lot of sympathy to for over a year now. I realized feelings of animosity rising in me and I was beginning to fall into a strong manipulation pattern set up by this person. This book helped me by defining some traits and putting into perspective some of the problems encountered by a controlling personality.

    20. AI got interested in this book because I ran across someone who I was attracted to who was unusually thoughtless. I wondered where he was coming from. This book didn't help much and I'm still casting about trying to find a better explanation of the phenomenon. I think I'm in the right area of psychology but I think there is a better way of either understanding the phenomenon or explaining it.

    21. A valuable resource for youMany people do not qualify as full blown psychopaths, but still behave in ways that are psychopathic. This book tells you how to identify people who are almost psychopaths, and ways to deal with them. I recommend this book for anyone who wants more information about those in their lives who behave in hurtful ways.

    22. This is the first palatable book concerning this subject that I read. It takes a clinical view and states practical ways of dealing with people that may be psycho in your life. It also distinguishes how to find these traits in children. Well written, an easy readNH

    23. Great insite into the problems that come with people who have traits that are psychopathic, but who are not over the bar for a full diagnosis. Great advice on dealing with the AP and info for HR and claims professionals.

    24. The book started off relating to psychopathy, but then it reveled in other topics in psychology that were not relevant to the title. Book was disappointing. It didn't offer anything new and barely any suggestions.

    25. Painfully repetitive, vague, and clinical. I didn't learn much, and I felt like the plans of action were sloppy and dangerous. The case studies / stores were a bit entertaining, but that was the one positive of the book. I much preferred Martha Stout's approach in Sociopath Next Door.

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