Book Discussion for "Confessions of a Sociopath" by M.E. Thomas

Based on the ratings, this book may result in mixed reviews, but I think that means we're going to have a really rousing discussion! Please bring questions, thoughts, comments - no formal presentations are necessary, but do expect to engage in some active listening and conversation. As always, dissenting opinions and thoughts are welcome, but I do expect participants to be respectful of each other as they express them.

 

Here's a short summary of the book:

"Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight" by M.E. Thomas

The first memoir of its kind, Confessions of a Sociopath is an engrossing, highly captivating narrative of the author's life as a diagnosed sociopath. She is a charismatic charmer, an ambitious self-promoter, and a cunning and calculating liar. She can induce you to invest in her financial schemes, vote for her causes, and even join her in bed. Like a real-life Lisbeth Salander, she has her own system of ethics, and like Dexter, she thrives on bending and occasionally breaking the rules. She is a diagnosed, high-functioning, noncriminal sociopath, and this is her world from her point of view. Drawn from the author's own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature, Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious. Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils for the very first time these people who are hiding in plain sight. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy, providing a road map for dealing with the sociopath in your life.

 

Now let's get to readin'!

 

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  • peter r.

    I was on the wait list, sorry if I got accepted and missed it

    September 27, 2013

  • lorena

    fun

    September 15, 2013

  • brian b

    My home was flooded (from above condo) last night, and consequently today just isn't going according to schedule--so very regretfully.....If other readers want to organize a consolation get together to discuss this book, please speak up.

    September 15, 2013

  • Charlie W.

    I just work up with chills and a sore throat. I think this bodes ill, so I'm going to stay home this afternoon. Sorry for being flakey. Enjoyed the book, and read The Sociopath Next Door, too, which is a great counterpoint to M.E. Thomas. A fascinating someone topic for someone in the field of psychology (as I am).

    September 15, 2013

    • Valerie F.

      Sorry you're sick! Feel better soon :)

      September 15, 2013

  • Bruce B.

    Didn't manage to get through the book, so yielding my spot to anyone who is more deserving.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Naina G.

    Hello! Is anyone per chance driving from Berkeley and could take me along?

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Time does not work for me either. Boo hoo. Perhaps next time! Have fun!

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah man, I was excited to see the time being at 7pm. I finally get a chance to join the group. I cannot make it at 3pm because of work. I will remove my rsvp. Oh well...

    August 28, 2013

    • Valerie F.

      doh! Sorry Michael - hope you can join us someday!

      August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arbitrarily changed the time, eh...sounds a little...sociopathic...but in a nice sort of way :-)

    Please don't kill me.

    August 28, 2013

    • Valerie F.

      You're on my list now, Keith! J/k :) Time changed because I noticed I had entered it incorrectly. Since when have we ever met in the evening?? Email reminder of time and date will go out a week prior to the event.

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, that was fast! If a couple more people sign up for the wait list and people aren't dropping out, maybe I'll find us somewhere else for us waitlisters to meet at an alternative spot or the same spot earlier in the day. Are people interested?

    August 18, 2013

    • Gabriel

      Sounds like a good idea to me.

      August 18, 2013

  • brian b

    wow, that was fast! I've already read half of it, and hope I get in.

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got the book a few weeks back and am on page 65 right now. It is intriguing, engaging, and sometimes infuriating, just like the writer states she wants it to be. Earlier in the book, I realized that this all might be a put-on, a fiction at some level. Now at page 65, it's starting to turn into that...or is it? I know the writer, whoever it might be, is working hard to flip the reader around. I honestly don't know the ending, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was all a hoax and it all blows up. I'm not sure how, but something like this is cooking.

    I am really looking forward to the discussion...seemingly a long time away in September, but it'll come soon enough. I won't write any more about it, no matter what I find, cuz I don't wanna spoil it (if there is anything to spoil—I honestly don't know), but in any case, it's a very interesting, edifying read.

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Liz

      Wow, sounds like a spin on Chuck Barry's storytelling, but then the title of this one alludes to the other, and presumably that was a knowing nod. Whether that means that this is equally as fantastic and fabricated, we'll see!

      August 18, 2013

  • Liz

    Man! You have to be all over this licketty split to get in!!! ;)

    August 18, 2013

  • Sunny

    This time I'll order food to go with the discussions

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to attend but I have rehearsals on Sundays for a production at Yerba Buena on in late September. If there is an alternate time, I'd be delighted to come. Keith, here is her blog. She's real. http://www.sociopathworld.com

    I haven't started this one yet, but the most useful business book I ever read was The Sociopath Next Door.

    August 18, 2013

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