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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 œmadness 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 œfunctional 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 œpsychopathic 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.