Local Sociopath Writes A Memoir
Monday, August 19, 2013
Aired 8/19/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
M.E. Thomas, author, "Confessions of a Sociopath"
M.E. Thomas says she doesn't self-identify by her gender, profession or race. Rather, she first considers herself a sociopath.
A person with sociopathy, or anti-social personality disorder, has several personality traits going on, many of which would cause the rest of us to do an immediate 180 and run the other way.
Some highlights: no regard for right and wrong or the feelings of others, relentless self-interest, lying, manipulation, lack of impulse control and even violent behavior.
She has written a book, "Confessions Of A Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding In Plain Sight." Since sociopaths aren't generally given to self-introspection, the book may be unique.
Jon Ronson, the author of “The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry,” notes in his review of Thomas' book in The New York Times, some people don't believe that sociopathy and psychopathy are actual mental disorders and are simply words used to describe really horrible people.
Thomas considers herself a non-violent, "successful" sociopath, describing herself as an attorney and law professor. Since M.E. Thomas is, however, a pseudonym, we have to take her word for it.