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The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout

A field guide to recognizing and dealing with sociopaths. Stout’s statements about how sociopaths are unknown in China are balderdash, but she is correct that modern American society makes tends to reward a certain amount of sociopathic behavior, and may bring it out in people who would avoid it in other cultures.

One of Stout’s most interesting points is that sociopaths are plagued by boredom, compared to other adults. Non-sociopaths find human relationships a unending, renewable source of interest. Sociopaths, who are interested in other people only as tools, get bored with life in a way other people don’t. Because they’re bored, they tend do stupid, impulsive things; they are restless and unhappy, needing constant distraction from a basically unsatisfying life.

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