Hey Sal,

It is in all the libraries around here.  It is both chilling and
comforting.  It explains a lot.  I think 1 in 100 have diabetes, and
we all know someone with that.  Here we have 1 in 25, so that pretty
much means this is a condition for a few people we know.  The case
histories in the book make you think about your past and people pop up
as functioning differently in this odd way.  I had always thought of
it as a condition like Ted Bundy had or something, the criminals.  But
 they represent just a tiny fraction of the functioning sociopaths. 
The rest are going about their everyday business like the rest of us,
but without the conscience that binds the rest of us in society.  Some
are dumb, some are smart, just like everyone else.  But they are
Martians inside and interacting with them always has a peculiar
mind-fuck quality.  You will love the book since you seem to share my
fascination with people's psychologies.  I look forward to hearing you
take on it when you do!

--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Sal Sunshine <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Curtis, this is on my list!  But, cheapskate that I am, I haven't been 
> able to find a good deal on a used one yet.  Glad to hear you read and 
> enjoyed it.
> On Aug 6, 2006, at 3:11 PM, curtisdeltablues wrote:
> > One of the best books I have read this year is called "The Sociopath
> > Next Door" by Martha Stout.  The condition is far more common than I
> > had realized, 1 in 25.  Only a tiny percentage of them are criminals.
> Yep, most never get caught at anything--unless it's perhaps some 
> white-collar crime.
> > Most just operate in society without a conscience. Wherever they are
> > they take delight in tormenting people.  Operating without any sense
> > of the reciprocity that binds the rest of us, their contempt for
> > others leaks out even as they try to fit in and hide their agenda.
> Right, most just live for the thrill of tormenting others, in either 
> petty or much larger ways, whatever they can get away with.  One of 
> them is in the White House now.

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