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Martha Stout

Autor/a de The Sociopath Next Door

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Martha Stout, Ph.D., served on the faculty in psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for more than twenty-five years and was a clinical associate at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She practiced as a clinical psychologist specializing in recovery from mostra'n més psychological trauma and PTSD. Dr. Stout has taught psychology at the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and Wellesley College. She is the author of, among numerous other publications, The Sociopath Next Door, The Paranoia Switch, and The Myth of Sanity. mostra'n menys

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Stout, Martha
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Stout, Martha
Data de naixement
Llocs de residència
Cape Ann, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
McClean Psychiatric Hospital (Residency)
clinical psychologist
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
National Institute for Mental Health
Wellesley College
The New School for Social Research
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Premis i honors
Books for a Better Life Award (2006)
Susan Lee Cohen
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Martha Stout, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and award-winning author, whose books have been acclaimed in the United States and translated for audiences throughout the world. Her work has startled the audiences of National Public Radio, NBC, CNN, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America, and the readers of publications ranging from the Boston Globe to the Oprah Magazine. The year after it was published, Dr. Stout’s best-selling book The Sociopath Next Door won the Books for a Better Life Award, in recognition of the many lives she has touched through her work on the psychological nature of conscience and the crucial nature of conscience in human life.

Dr. Stout served on the clinical faculty of the Harvard Medical School for more than twenty-five years, through the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and has taught on the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and the psychology faculty of Wellesley College.

Dr. Stout lives with her family on Cape Ann, in Massachusetts.



This is one of the best books I've read to help the layman understand this baffling psychological 'condition,' but wait there is more..... By looking at the extreme versions of those with and without a conscience, a light is cast. It illuminates the what's at the end of the paths we can choose. See which one would result in a full and satisfying life.

If you've ever been frustrated because those who swindle, lie, steal, etc. get away with it...

If you've ever questioned the validity of the saying "Cheaters never win..."

If you've ever wondered whether you should have been more ruthless to enhance your own success...

If after being "taken in," you consider, "How could I have recognized this person's issues sooner and cut my losses..."

...READ THIS BOOK. I HIGHLY recommend it. I cannot type it loud enough. Just read it. You'll be so glad you did.
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RaggedyMe | Hi ha 94 ressenyes més | Aug 12, 2023 |
Invaluable and essential reading if you have to interact with a sociopath

Martha Stout’s first book, “The Sociopath Next Door” was enlightening and helped me to understand the behavior of certain personalities, and this book provided concrete advice on managing interactions with such personalities. I hope you don’t need it, but if you do, her books are invaluable.
RaggedyMe | Aug 12, 2023 |
I learned from reading this book that I'm not a complete sociopath..which is good :) Interesting nature vs nurture debate towards the end of the book.
kwskultety | Hi ha 94 ressenyes més | Jul 4, 2023 |
Das Problematische bei Soziopathen ist, dass sie besonders einnehmend und nett erscheinen: nach außen hin. Im Inneren wurde diesen Menschen wohl in der Kindheit Schlimmes angetan und sie können diese Problematik im Erwachsenenalter nicht lösen. Sie werden von Opfern zu Tätern und diese Rolle wird ihr Lebensinhalt, sie spielen diese perfekt und sind darüber hinaus in der Karriere zu allem Übel noch besonders erfolgreich.

Vier Prozent der Bevölkerung zeigen nach Stout keinerlei Emotionen für andere Menschen, außer über sie siegen zu wollen, sie zu dominieren. Scham, Schuld oder Reue kennen diese Personen nicht, weil ihr inneres Empfindungsvsvermögen ausgeknipst wurde: durch das erlittene, eigene Unrecht bzw. die Qualen in der Kindheit.

Soziopathen sind also erschreckend anders:

Nach außen ein nettes Lächeln, hohe Intelligenz und höfliche Mechanismen, die sie für Andere als besonders attraktiv im normalen menschlichen Umgang erscheinen lassen.

Nach innen aber sind sie verhärtet und empfinden nichts. Weder für sich selbst noch für Mitmenschen. Die eigenen (unaufgelösten) Leiden wirken wie ein Panzer, mit dem sie andere dominieren und erniedrigen wollen.

Soziopathen fehlt die Fähigkeit zur Liebe. Gefühle werden vorgeflunkert, aufgesetzt (leider täuschend echt), tatsächlich ist ihnen Mitleid völlig fremd. Macht und Siegenwollen um jeden Preis stehen an erster Stelle ihrer Handlungen und sie haben ein erstaunliches Instrumentarium zum Durchsetzen ihrer Wünsche. Das Leben ist für sie ein Spiel ohne Moral und Gewissen, sie tricksen, tarnen und täuschen in erstaunlich höflicher, nach außen nicht einsehbarer Art und Weise.

Dieses Buch zeigt die Ursachen des unverbesserlich Bösen deutlich auf und legt die Schichten des Unsichtbaren bloß. Es sensibilisiert für einen Bereich, der normalen, ethisch empfindenen Menschen fremd erscheint.

Ich empfehle - insbesondere im Hinblick auf mögliche Lösungsansätze Betroffener - als weiteres, ergänzendes Buch: Die Masken der Niedertracht: Seelische Gewalt im Alltag und wie man sich dagegen wehren kann.



The problem with sociopaths is that they appear particularly engaging and nice: on the outside. Inside, bad things were probably done to these people in childhood and they cannot solve this problem in adulthood. They go from victims to perpetrators and this role becomes their purpose in life, they play it perfectly and, to make matters worse, they are particularly successful in their careers.

According to Stout, four percent of the population shows no emotions whatsoever for other people, apart from wanting to win over them, to dominate them. These people do not know shame, guilt or remorse because their inner sensitivity was switched off: through their own injustice or the torment in childhood.

So, sociopaths are shockingly different:

A nice smile on the outside, high intelligence and polite mechanisms that make them appear particularly attractive to others in normal human interaction.

Inwardly, however, they are hardened and feel nothing. Neither for yourself nor for those around you. Their own (unresolved) suffering acts like a shell with which they want to dominate and humiliate others.

Sociopaths lack the capacity for love. Feelings are faked, put on (unfortunately deceptively real), in fact, compassion is completely foreign to them. Power and the desire to win at all costs are at the forefront of their actions and they have an amazing set of tools to achieve their desires. For them, life is a game without morality and conscience, they trick, camouflage and deceive in an amazingly polite way that is not visible to the outside world.

This book spells out the causes of incorrigible evil and lays bare the layers of the unseen. It raises awareness of an area that seems alien to normal, ethically sensitive people.

I recommend - especially with regard to possible solutions for those affected - as a further, supplementary book: The masks of infamy: mental violence in everyday life and how you can defend yourself against it
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Clu98 | Hi ha 94 ressenyes més | Apr 4, 2023 |


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