Friday, October 31, 2014
Book Review: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
Mr. Ronson made the book very accessible and fun. Sure, some parts were more esoteric or confusing, such as the man in Sweden who was sending hand-made books to psychologists around the world (and eventually to Mr. Ronson) and who claimed to only be the translator. But then you'd get interviews like with Al Dunlap, the ex-CEO of Sunbeam (appliances, not bread) who is a very successful, very wealthy man. Ronson went through the checklist one at a time and Dunlap did answer yes to most of the questions that would make him a psychopath, but he very interestingly rephrased the in positive ways (such as Do you have a low affect? Yes, but he's just keeping emotion out of decisions which is a smart thing to do. And when asked if he is impulsive, he redefined that as a quick decision maker.)
This isn't a serious psychology book, much more like a memoir of one average man's dip of the toe into a world of those who might just kill "to see what it feels like," in other words, the bat-shit-crazy. Thoroughly entertaining.
I bought this book from Audible.