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Local Sociopath Writes A Memoir

Aired 8/19/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Maureen Cavanaugh


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.

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inquiringsage | August 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

An interesting broadcast and another piece of pop journalism for pop culture. The idea of the psycho or sociopath is some of the great cultural mythology of modern times. Of course there is no such thing as a human being without conscious or lacking a sense of morality since these are categories are part of the culture of make believe. Psychology is folk knowledge and the so-called sociopath is just the modern equivalent to the boogie man. The idea that there is some special classes of human being is quite ridiculous in the light of civilization, radical capitalism, and consumerism, which regularly kills, oppresses, and destroys life without any regard for the long term consequences and the well-being of the future. So perhaps if there is such a thing as sociopaths we should not apply it to the imaginary personality of an individual and instead apply to the entirety of industrial civilization.

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