Confessions of a Sociopath

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Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
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First edition
AuthorM.E. Thomas
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
PublisherCrown Publishers (US)
Sidgwick and Jackson (UK)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight is a 2013 book written by a female law professor under the pen name of M.E. Thomas, describing her up-and-down life as a sociopath.[1] The book describes sociopathy as a disorder that consists of a spectrum of behaviors, rather than the more simplistic stereotype of serial killers.[2] Thomas claims sociopathy helped her be a better lawyer,[3] 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."[4] Lacking her own moral code, she relies on the teachings of her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5]

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.[2]

The author later appeared in disguise on Dr. Phil discussing the subject.[6] Business Insider reported that Thomas' book made the idea of a "successful sociopath" mainstream.[7] A review in The New York Times described the book as "intermittingly gripping" and "a revelatory if contradictory muddle of a memoir".[8] 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.[9]

Actress Viola Davis said she prepared for her role of Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad by reading Confessions of a Sociopath.[10]

A one-hour dramedy, based on the book, is in development, starring and being co-written by Lisa Edelstein.[11]

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  1. ^ "Inside the Mind of a Sociopath". Health News Florida. June 9, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Dickson, Caitlin (June 3, 2019). "How to Spot a Sociopath (Hint: It Could Be You)". Daily Beast. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ Dodgson, Lindsay (May 20, 2018). "The 10 professions with the most psychopaths". Business Insider. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Leung, Wency (May 23, 2013). "What's it like being a sociopath? A memoir takes you inside her head". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Critchley, Cheryl (December 14, 2013). "The signs of the 'everyday' sociopath". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  6. ^ ""I Abducted a Baby"/ Confessions of a Sociopath". Dr. Phil. 15 May 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  7. ^ Dodgson, Lindsay (December 20, 2016). "Sociopaths are hiding in plain sight — so we asked one how he does it". Business Insider. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Ronson, Jon (June 16, 2013). "Feelings?". The New York Times. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "Be a sociopath—or just act like one". The Economist. August 15, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  10. ^ "New Stills From The Highly Anticipated Suicide Squad Have Emerged". PopWrapped. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 19, 2018). "Lisa Edelstein To Topline 'Confessions of a Sociopath' Dramedy In Works At UCP, Recur On Netflix's 'The Kominsky Method'". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 26, 2019.