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 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.
Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?
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This book does offer a mostly good, useful overview of psychopathy, narcissism and other personality disorders. But its shortcomings are significant. The advice it offers to confront someone you suspect may have one of these conditions, however tactfully, is not only naive; it irresponsible because this advice is potentially dangerous. It is true that an incapacity for empathy and a lack of conscience, the most fundamental (and devastating) aspects of these mental illnesses, occur on a continuum. So there are people with narcissistic tendencies who are not completely without conscience. Yet anyone who is so far along the continuum that they could be considered "almost a psychopath" is someone who breeds misery, and very possibly enjoys doing so. Therefore a well-meaning conversation about their damaging conduct by someone who is not a mental health professional and who may even be one of their deliberate targets, at best is likely to exacerbate the problem. Such a conversation could...
Essential information on a subject that desperately needs more attention. Everyone knows at least one psychopath. They're not hideous monsters who are easily detected. By the time one detects a psychopathic personality (IF), they're usually "trapped" and beaten down emotionally (sometimes physically) and feel completely alone without options or help from others. The psychopathic personality is incredibly engaging and charming and they are masters of manipulation and deception. They are extraordinarily perceptive and are able to adapt in such a way to exploit anyone for any reason because they know how to use a person's vulnerabilities and insecurities against them. It's not a subject to shrug off and these relationships are NOT controllable, no matter how much one has read or studied the subject. You will not have the upper hand in a relationship with a psychopath, ever. Perhaps the most dangerous time is when you *think* you have control and can "handle" the...
Being lied to, cheated, betrayed , fooled is like a robbery: even afterwards you can't believe it really happened....and it gets even worse when you somehow are convinced to leave your psychologic door unlocked a second and even a thrid time. It happens too often, but who wants to admit it?
This book finally offers protective suggestions for those of us who still want to trust ( not a bad trait, aftter all!). Starting with encouragement to forgive yourself when these selfish experts transgress upon you, this concise book is as practical as it is clearly written. Read it and share with your friends.
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