Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, M.E. Thomas will have you examining the lives of everyone around you and wondering, “Are you a sociopath?” It’s written partially to help reveal the truth behind sociopaths and their behavior and partially to help other sociopaths feel connected.
It describes Thomas’ struggles to relate to empathetic individual while asserting her humanity. Thomas is manipulative, charming, confident, reckless, and intelligent. She climbs the career ladder quickly and uses her charm to get what she wants. On the flip side, Thomas is functioning member of society. She is a published author in her field of choice and popular among both her colleagues and students. Thomas is also an active member of the Church of Christ. She adheres to its strict restrictions. She loves her family members deeply and maintains a healthy relationship with her boyfriend. She is a highly functioning sociopath.
She tells the story of her own personal journey, beginning with her original suspicions of being different and concluding with the creation of her website: Sociopath World. Set up like a blog, it includes the casual speculation on historical figures and creates a community for sociopaths or people who know sociopaths.
Her personal struggles are combined with the stories of people who have submitted to her blog and studies that are seamlessly included. Some of the stories confirm stereotypes about sociopaths, but many offer insight. By the end of the book, sociopaths no longer feel like monsters. As Thomas readily asserts, they are not always the serial killer monsters often imagined. Sociopaths are pragmatic and calculating, but not necessarily heartless.
If I had to categorize this book, I would say that it reads like a memoir written by sociopath. She is charming and conversational, but also incredibly prideful. She freely admits to her flaws, but does not feel shame or guilt. It’s a very enlightening read.
This book is perfect for anyone who finds sociopaths fascinating and is too curious to resist. I know I was.