January 20, 2018

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

Confessions of a Sociopath:
A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

M. E. Thomas

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Don't go into this expecting stories of what it's like to 'ruin someone'.

It's really hard to determine whether the author was really advocating for sociopaths, or whether she was manipulating all of the readers into believing what she would like us to. I was not expecting something that read like a textbook (although all over the place). If I wanted the scientific facts of sociopaths, I could look up the psychological experiments that the author speaks of.

I was glad that we could see inside the mind of M. E. and how she views morality, religion, and relationships without feeling empathy. I do agree with her that views of sociopaths are very skewed and negative (understandably to a certain extent). She talks of how she manipulates people to the point where they are driven mad, and how she does not fear consequences and could kill someone if she felt like it would align with what she wanted, but also states that not all sociopaths are violent or even criminals.

It's an interesting topic, but it's hard for me to take any of what she says to heart. Like the author, it was very emotionless. It's easy to be skeptical when the person basically says that they lie like crazy most of the time, but because of the anonymity, I believe that she was being genuine and really wants for other sociopaths to understand that just because they are different than others, doesn't mean that they are alone or monsters. I can agree, although it's scary to think of the potential that some of these people have. However, I would have liked to heard more stories of things that she has done in the past.

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