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By Carolyn Warren
Published on May 25, 2014
 

Authors: Dr. Jane McGregor and Tim McGregor

ISBN: 9780897936965



Authors: Dr. Jane McGregor and Tim McGregor

ISBN: 9780897936965

 

I would call this brilliantly researched book essential reading for all adults. Why? Because if you know 100 people, chances are that you know between one and four sociopaths, those people who trample all over you without remorse. They use you up and spit you out like a  peach pit that’s had all the fruit sucked off it--and never lose a moment’s sleep while doing so. Your confusion and broken heart mean nothing to them. The only thing that matters is their own best self-interest. They are people without a conscience. They feel no shame.

This is an academic work and yet very readable. It is short enough to get through quickly yet long enough to cover the topic.

The book starts off by explaining the problem that the everyday sociopath causes in society. Whether it’s the workplace, in romance, or in your family, it is essential to recognize who this person is. The authors go into traits and gender differences. 

My favorite part of the book is the chapter that explains how sociopaths need and use people who are empathic (normal, caring people) and apathetic (the enablers). These three personality types form a triad. I found this to be eye-opening and empowering. The authors also explain “gaslighting,” that crazy-making thing sociopaths do to make you doubt yourself and drive you crazy.

Also essential is the knowledge on how to cope with a sociopath. What do you do after you’ve been devastated? How do you recover? And then to prevent that from ever happening again, how do you establish boundaries? How do you deal with bullying in the workplace? All of these questions are answered, and case histories are provided so that you learn how others have coped. 

The most heart-wrenching scenarios are in family situations, especially child-parent relationships where the child is the victim. There is an entire chapter devoted to parental alienation, child protection, sociopathic relatives, and even what to do should you suspect that a child of your own has sociopathic traits.

The authors are well-qualified to write on this topic. Dr. Jane McGregor holds a PhD in public health and is both a freelance writer and lecturer at the university level. She is also an expert in the field of addiction treatment. Tim McGregor is a mental health practitioner who is keenly interested in behavioral change. 

If you want to learn more about the disruptive behavior of the peculiar breed of people called sociopaths and what to do to protect yourself from them, you can’t go wrong with this book.


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