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The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kevin Dutton

Narrated By: Erik Bergmann

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: October 2012

Duration: 8 hours 21 minutes


In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of 'madness' along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.
Dutton argues that there are indeed 'functional psychopaths' among us-different from their murderous counterparts-who use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, and that shockingly, in some fields, the more 'psychopathic' people are, the more likely they are to succeed. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world's most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.
As Dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, psychopaths tend to be fearless, confident, charming, ruthless, and focused-qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century. Provocative at every turn, The Wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it's our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success.


  • William h

    This is a mind expanding book, it makes perfect sense.

  • Dollen Stroup

    Fascinating book! Great insight on finding the good in psychopathy, and there are many levels of good to it.

  • Thomas Jackson

    This book was killer.. No pun intended.!!! What an in enlightening read changed my perspective on a lot of behaviors actually . I would highly recommend this book to anyone

  • Isaac Carter

    Pretty good book. The author presents the idea of how psychopathy isn't always a bad thing and further, a little bit of it in your life can even be a good thing. There are some larger psychological terms being tossed around by the author, but all in all a good read of listen. If you have come across this book and debated on listening to it, then I would recommend you check it out.

Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

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Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, Kevin Dutton