Confessions of a Sociopath
|Publisher||Crown Publishers New York City|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover|
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight is a book written by a female law professor under the pen name of M.E. Thomas, describing her up-and-down life as a self-diagnosed sociopath. The book describes sociopathy as a disorder that consists of a spectrum of behaviors, rather than the more simplistic stereotype of serial killers. Thomas claims sociopathy helped her be a better lawyer, and in an interview, she suggests that revealing herself in the book helps keep her in check: "Because there's that much pressure and scrutiny, I think I actually will be more successful in continuing to be a good member of society." Lacking her own moral code, she relies on the teachings of her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
On her agent's advice, Thomas requested a psychological evaluation from John Edens, a psychology professor at Texas A&M University, before submitting her book for publication. After administering multiple tests, Edens concluded that Thomas is indeed a sociopath.
The author later appeared in disguise on Dr. Phil discussing the subject. Business Insider reported that Thomas' book made the idea of a "successful sociopath" mainstream. A review in The New York Times described the book as "intermittingly gripping" and "a revelatory if contradictory muddle of a memoir". Prospero, the books and arts column in The Economist, notes how the writing in the book clearly displays the characteristics of sociopathy: bombast, calculation, deceit, and charm.
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