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“This memoir gave me a window to view the world in a way different -- and in some ways superior -- to my normal 'empath' (or what someone on the autistic spectrum might call a 'neurotypical') perspective.
The author does not portray herself in a sympathetic light, but she made a persuasive case and I found myself developing sympathy for sociopaths. (Though not empathy, mind you, as it is not possible for me to truly imagine ridding myself of my susceptibility to moral suasion).
Some parts of the book seem deliberately sensationalist, and sometimes self-contradictory; its hard to tell if this was the author's publicist pushing for stunning, blurb-worthy copy, or if the more bloodlessly dramatic passages were just a natural extension of the author's sociopathic tendency for lying and self-aggrandizement. (The two are not, of course, mutually exclusive. A sociopath incentivized with the proper bonus structure could become a very accomplished publicist indeed.)
I happened to read this in parallel with parts of Robert A. Burton's "A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind" which explores the limits of neurology and our own assessment of consciousness and motivations, and it made me see the limits of my own self-image. None of us are 'normal.' We are all lying to ourselves, sometimes in ways we can't fathom. This book from a high-functioning sociopath gives you a view from one end of the human spectrum, and helps you examine the limits of your own self-concept, as well as to be aware of the real risks of assuming that everyone thinks just like you do. ”