Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, disturbingly, as mad in their own way as those they study. Jon ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry #ad - An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. In this madcap journey, scientists, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, and everyone else who studies them.
And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges. And so ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power.
Them: Adventures with ExtremistsSimon & Schuster #ad - As a journalist and a jew, ronson was often considered one of "Them" but he had no idea if their meetings actually took place. Along the way he meets omar bakri mohammed, pr-savvy Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Thom Robb, considered one of the most dangerous men in Great Britain, and the survivors of Ruby Ridge.
In the forests of northern california he even witnesses CEOs and leading politicians -- like Dick Cheney and George Bush -- undertake a bizarre owl ritual. Ronson's investigations, by turns creepy and comical, reveal some alarming things about the looking-glass world of "us" and "them. Them is a deep and fascinating look at the lives and minds of extremists.
Them: Adventures with Extremists #ad - He is chased by men in dark glasses and unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp. Was he just not invited? Them takes us across three continents and into the secret room. A wide variety of extremist groups -- Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis -- share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room.
In them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabled secret room. Are the extremists onto something? Or is Jon Ronson becoming one of them? .
So You've Been Publicly ShamedRiverhead Books #ad - But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. Once their transgression is revealed, jeered at, demonized, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, sometimes even fired from their job.
A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. We are using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only jon ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.
The silent majority are getting a voice. Now a new york times bestseller and from the author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. The terror of being found out.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed #ad - For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson MysteriesRiverhead Books #ad - Lost at sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones’ personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo fans.
The new york times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Amateur nuclear physicists, mid-read, the town of north pole, assisted-suicide practitioners, they are stories not about the fringe of society or about people far removed from our own experience, Alaska’s Christmas-induced high school mass-murder plot: Ronson explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, and suddenly, but about all of us.
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries #ad - Incisive and hilarious, revealing and disturbing—Ronson writes about our modern world, poignant and maddening, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life’s greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive.
Ronson throws himself into the stories—in a tour de force piece, and Titch, among others to get to the bottom of credit card companies’ predatory tactics and the murky, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons Happy, Paul, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics.
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among UsThe Guilford Press #ad - With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? how can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.
Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, rapists, hustlers, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Robert D. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, remorseless, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, and unable to care about the feelings of others.
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us #ad - Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines.
Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets--and they do not always ply their trade by killing.
The Sociopath Next DoorHarmony #ad - One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. Fundamentally, sociopaths are different because they cannot love. He’s a sociopath. The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them.
Who is the devil you know? is it your lying, cheating ex-husband?your sadistic high school gym teacher?Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings?The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own?In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood.
The Sociopath Next Door #ad - And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr. Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery, and beware the pity play. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. Above all, when a sociopath is beckoning, she writes, do not join the game.
It is the ruthless versus the rest of us, and The Sociopath Next Door will show you how to recognize and defeat the devil you know. Part of the urgency in reading the sociopath Next Door is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know—someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for—is a sociopath.
The Men Who Stare at GoatsSimon & Schuster #ad - And they really weren’t joking. An uproarious exploration of american military paranoia: with investigations ranging from the mysterious “Goat Lab, ” to Uri Geller’s covert psychic work with the CIA, to the increasingly bizarre role played by a succession of U. S. They were the first Earth Battalion, entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries.
The Men Who Stare at Goats #ad - Presidents, this might just be the funniest, most unsettling book you will ever read—if only because it is all true and is still happening today. Defying all known laws of physics and accepted military practice, pass cleanly through walls, they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, and—perhaps most chillingly—kill goats just by staring at them.
Bizarre military history: in 1979, a crack commando unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U. S. Army. What’s more, they’re back—and they’re fighting the War on Terror.
The Meaning of MadnessAcheron Press #ad - True, not because we are used to living, we love life, but because we are used to loving. For example, language and creativity, music and religion? what are the boundaries between mental disorder and 'normality'? Is there a relationship between mental disorder and genius? These are some of the difficult but important questions that this book confronts, what is schizophrenia? Why is it so common? Why does it affect human beings but not other animals? What might this tell us about our mind and body, with the overarching aim of exploring what mental disorders can teach us about human nature and the human condition.
Winner of the bma young Authors' AwardReviewsThis book is packed with striking insights. Burton's passion and enthusiasm for the subject never slips. Remedy magazineultimately, this is a work of contradictions, an undemanding read that could challenge your view of the world. Medical journalists' AssociationA really accessible and thorough approach to a complex and often impenetrable subject.
The Meaning of Madness #ad - British neuroscience association An interesting way of looking at things, and one that puts a positive spin on illnesses which are usually portrayed as being nothing but negative. The oxford timesneel burton succeeds brilliantly, not only in explaining different types of mental illness in simple terms, but also in the breadth of understanding he brings to aspects of life outside the mental straitjacket.
British medical Association This remarkable book.
The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without ConscienceCrown #ad - Kent kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. A compelling journey into the science and behavior of psychopaths, written by the leading scientist in the field of criminal psychopathy.
We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies—from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. Robert hare, was determined to answer as he began his career twenty years ago. And as kiehl shows, many who aren’t psychopaths exhibit some of the behaviors and traits associated with the condition.
The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience #ad - As Dr. To aid in his quest to unravel the psychopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. Over the course of the psychopath whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psychopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder.
But psychopaths account for a vastly outsized proportion of violent crimes. The brains of more than five hundred psychopaths and three thousand other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s laboratory—the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. What do you do if you discover your roommate, or boss, or the person you are dating has traits that define a psychopath? And what does having a diminished limbic region of the brain mean for how the legal system approaches crimes committed by psychopaths? A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, with startling implications for society, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, the law, and our personal lives.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About SuccessScientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Provocative at every turn, the wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it's our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world's most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.
As dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, psychopaths tend to be fearless, ruthless, charming, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, confident, and focused—qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century.
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success #ad - Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.
Dutton argues that there are indeed "functional psychopaths" among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, the more "psychopathic" people are, unflinching, and that shockingly, in some fields, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, the more likely they are to succeed.
. In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and MadnessVintage #ad - An unquiet mind is a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive bipolar illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. With a new preface by the authorin her bestselling classic, An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison changed the way we think about moods and madness.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness #ad - Dr. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, episodes of violence, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, and an attempted suicide.
Here jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication.