Social Science

Sociopathic Society

A People's Sociology of the United States

Author: Charles Derber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317251733

Category: Social Science

Page: 307

View: 8637

Charles Derber introduces and vividly explains the idea of a sociopathic society and why the idea has become necessary to understand today s world.Sociopathic society is rooted in governments and economies, not psychiatry. The book offers a new sociology of societies organized around antisocial values, which ultimately lead to societal and planetary self-destruction. Most of the sociopathic behaviors are perfectly legal and are perpetrated by governments, financial institutions, and corporate capitalism.Focusing on the United States, Derber connects the dots of Wall Street meltdown, guns and murder, uninhibited greed, the 1% and the 99%, a new crisis of unemployable surplus people, Hurricane Sandy and global warming, cheating scandals, and more including the war on democracy itself.Although the book brings together a breathtaking set of stories of a system run wild, it also offers hope, showing pathways for confronting and avoiding the many ways a society can commit sociocide. FEATURES OF THE BOOK"
Social Science

Sociopathic Society

A People's Sociology of the United States

Author: Charles Derber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317251725

Category: Social Science

Page: 307

View: 2539

Charles Derber introduces and vividly explains the idea of a sociopathic society and why the idea has become necessary to understand today s world.Sociopathic society is rooted in governments and economies, not psychiatry. The book offers a new sociology of societies organized around antisocial values, which ultimately lead to societal and planetary self-destruction. Most of the sociopathic behaviors are perfectly legal and are perpetrated by governments, financial institutions, and corporate capitalism.Focusing on the United States, Derber connects the dots of Wall Street meltdown, guns and murder, uninhibited greed, the 1% and the 99%, a new crisis of unemployable surplus people, Hurricane Sandy and global warming, cheating scandals, and more including the war on democracy itself.Although the book brings together a breathtaking set of stories of a system run wild, it also offers hope, showing pathways for confronting and avoiding the many ways a society can commit sociocide. FEATURES OF THE BOOK"
Political Science

Sociopathic Society

A People's Sociology of the United States

Author: Charles Derber

Publisher: Paradigm Pub

ISBN: 9781612054377

Category: Political Science

Page: 307

View: 4475

Charles Derber introduces and vividly explains the idea of a “sociopathic society”—and why the idea has become necessary to understand today’s world. Sociopathic society is rooted in governments and economies, not psychiatry. The book offers a new sociology of societies organized around antisocial values, which ultimately lead to societal and planetary self-destruction. Most of the sociopathic behaviors are perfectly legal and are perpetrated by governments, financial institutions, and corporate capitalism. Focusing on the United States, Derber connects the dots of Wall Street meltdown, guns and murder, uninhibited greed, the 1% and the 99%, a new crisis of unemployable “surplus people,” Hurricane Sandy and global warming, cheating scandals, and more—including the war on democracy itself. Although the book brings together a breathtaking set of stories of a system run wild, it also offers hope, showing pathways for confronting and avoiding the many ways a society can “commit sociocide.” FEATURES OF THE BOOK
Biography & Autobiography

Confessions of a Sociopath

A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

Author: M.E. Thomas

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307956660

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9387

Confessions of a Sociopath is both the memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap -- right from the source -- for dealing with the sociopath in your life. As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.” Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”
Political Science

A Generation of Sociopaths

How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America

Author: Bruce Cannon Gibney

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316395803

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

View: 3684

In his "remarkable" (Men's Journal) and "controversial" (Fortune) book -- written in a "wry, amusing style" (The Guardian) -- Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations. Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts--acting, in other words, as sociopaths--the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible--and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off. Gibney argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America.
Social Science

Why We Love Sociopaths

A Guide To Late Capitalist Television

Author: Adam Kotsko

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780990928

Category: Social Science

Page: 107

View: 1454

Sociopaths are pervasive in contemporary television, from high-brow drama all the way down to cartoons -- and of course the news as well. From the scheming Eric Cartman of South Parkto the seductive imposter Don Draper of Mad Men, cold and ruthless characters captivate us, making us wish that we could be so effective and successful. Yet why should we admire characters who get ahead by being amoral and uncaring? In his follow-up to Awkwardness, Adam Kotsko argues that the popularity of the ruthless sociopath reflects our dissatisfaction with a failed social contract, showing that we believe that the world rewards the evil and uncaring rather than the good. By analyzing characters like the serial killer star of Dexter and the cynical Dr. House, Kotsko shows that the fantasy of the sociopath distracts us from our real problems -- but that we still might benefit from being a little more sociopathic.
Social Science

Capitalism: Should You Buy it?

An Invitation to Political Economy

Author: Charles Derber,Yale R. Magrass

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317262794

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

View: 9215

Before there was economics, there was political economy, an interdisciplinary adventure boldly and critically seeking to understand capitalism. Over time, the social sciences evolved into specific disciplines - economics, sociology, political science - that less often questioned capitalist perspectives and the state. Contrasting three traditions - neoclassicism, Keynesianism, and neo-Marxism - Capitalism: Should You Buy It? traces the historical development of each and evaluates whether they view capitalism as the root cause of or the solution to the pressing problems now facing humanity. This accessible and hopeful book is a call to everyone - citizen, student, public intellectual - to revive the critical edge towards capitalism.
History

Bully Nation

How the American Establishment Creates a Bullying Society

Author: Charles Derber,Yale R. Magrass

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780700622603

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 6315

Bully Nation is the most comprehensive analysis of bullying yet published. It is a brilliant book that refused to define bullying as merely a psychological concept. Instead, it addresses in great detail the interplay of bullying as having its roots in a range of historical, economic, political, and social conditions. In this instance, bullying functions as a metaphor to connect the private the public, specific acts of violence to larger forms of systemic violence. Rather than treat bullying as part of a rite of passage confined to the often difficult process of growing up, Derber and Magrass treat it as a systemic force that produces values, social relations, structures, and collective identities steeped in violence and aggression. This is a powerful and compelling book that addresses one of the most important social problems of our time.
Social Science

Welcome to the Revolution

Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times

Author: Charles Derber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317235401

Category: Social Science

Page: 342

View: 1648

When the Women’s March gathered millions just one day after Trump’s inauguration, a new era of progressive action was born. Organizing on the far Right led to Trump’s election, bringing authoritarianism and the specter of neo-fascism, and intensifying corporate capitalism’s growing crises of inequality and injustices. Yet now we see a new universalizing resistance among progressive and left movements for truth, dignity, and a world based on democracy, equality, and sustainability. Derber ?offers the first comprehensive guide to this new era and an original vision and strategy for movement success. He convincingly shows how only a new ?universalizing? wave, a ?progressive? and revolutionary "movement of movements," can counter the world-universalizing economic and cultural forces of intensifying corporate and far-right power. Derber explores the crises and eroding legitimacy of the globalized? capitalist system ?and the right wing movements? that helped create the Trump era??. He shows? how? left universalizing movements can--and must—converge ? to propel a? mass base that can prevent societal, economic, or ecological collapse, stop a resurgent Right, and build a democratic social alternative. He describes tactics and strategies for ?this?new progressive movement. Brief guest "interludes" by Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Bill Fletcher, Juliet Schor, Gar Alperovitz, Chuck Collins, Matt Nelson, Janet Wallace, and other prominent figures tell how to coalesce and universalize activism into a more powerful movement wave—at local, community, national, and international levels. Vivid and highly accessible, this? book is for activists, students, and all ?citizens concerned about the erosion of justice and democracy. It thoroughly illuminates the rationale, theory, practice, ?humanism, love, ?and joy of ?the? ?social transformation that we urgently need.
Social Science

The Psychopath Test

A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Author: Jon Ronson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101515167

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 5321

In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.
Political Science

A Generation of Sociopaths

How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America

Author: Bruce Cannon Gibney

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316395803

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

View: 2256

In his "remarkable" (Men's Journal) and "controversial" (Fortune) book -- written in a "wry, amusing style" (The Guardian) -- Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations. Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts--acting, in other words, as sociopaths--the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible--and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off. Gibney argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America.
Psychology

Without Conscience

The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

Author: Robert D. Hare

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606235788

Category: Psychology

Page: 236

View: 1697

Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets--and they do not always ply their trade by killing. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.

Getting Over on Others . . . with Permission

Redirecting the Sociopathic Edge on Society

Author: Dale Sollars

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781503552081

Category:

Page: 142

View: 2042

If your job involves salesmanship, human resources, background investigations, or reviewing pre-employment applications, this book is for you. I?ll give you ideas from my thirty-five plus years in law enforcement interrogation training to improve your personal life and professional relationships. In your personal and professional relations with people, the IDB concept will help you! And if you?re in sales, I?ll tell you how to increase your sales and income. Whether in an office environment or giving a sales presentation, if you interact with people, you need this book! I'll show you what deception is, and you?ll learn what not to say to be detected.
Business & Economics

Corporation Nation

How Corporations are Taking Over Our Lives -- and What We Can Do About It

Author: Charles Derber

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466881062

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 7917

Foreword by Ralph Nader. In Corporation Nation Derber addresses the unchecked power of today's corporations to shape the way we work, earn, buy, sell, and think—the very way we live. Huge, far-reaching mergers are now commonplace, downsizing is rampant, and our lines of communication, news and entertainment media, jobs, and savings are increasingly controlled by a handful of global—and unaccountable—conglomerates. We are, in effect, losing our financial and emotional security, depending more than ever on the whim of these corporations. But it doesn't have to be this way, as this book makes clear. Just as the original Populist movement of the nineteenth century helped dethrone the robber barons, Derber contends that a new, positive populism can help the U.S. workforce regain its self-control. Drawing on core sociological concepts and demonstrating the power of the sociological imagination, he calls for revisions in our corporate system, changes designed to keep corporations healthy while also making them answerable to the people. From rewriting corporate charters to altering consumer habits, Derber offers new aims for businesses and empowering strategies by which we all can make a difference.
Psychology

The Sociopath at the Breakfast Table

Recognizing and Dealing with Antisocial and Manipulative People

Author: Jane McGregor,Tim McGregor

Publisher: Hunter House

ISBN: 9780897936965

Category: Psychology

Page: 136

View: 9624

"Authors Dr. Jane McGregor and Tim McGregor present The Sociopath At the Breakfast Table providing readers with a complete guide of how to spot, avoid, and remove sociopaths from their lives. With a full profile of common sociopathic traits - such as a victimization, learned helplessness, shallowness, aggression, lack of remorse, etc. - readers will be able to easily identify the dangerous people in their lives. There is also an Empathy Quotient quiz included which helps measure a person's level of empathy. It shows readers where they are on the empathy spectrum and how likely they are to be the target of a sociopath. Armed with these helpful tools, readers can feel secure knowing they are protecting themselves and their loved ones from manipulative and abusive people. This book is geared to help those currently in a relationship with a sociopath and to forewarn others, who want to avoid sociopaths, with the knowledge of how to reduce their chances of becoming a sociopath's next target. The entire range of an abusive relationship is covered: the beginning stages of manipulation, dealing with the anger and guilt following the end of the relationship, and how to regain control and move on. Along the way, the authors provide readers with easy, manageable, step-by-step techniques and instructions"--
Social Science

Wilding of America

Author: Charles Derber

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429232994

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

View: 1710

The American dream champions individualism. But at what price? In the fully updated fifth edition of The Wilding of America, Charles Derber chronicles the latest incidents of “wilding”- acts of self-interested violence or greed that weaken the social fabric. Each chapter of the new edition has been thoroughly revised. New discussions include: an analysis of global corporate power in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis including an in-depth look at factory workers in both Guatemala and South China; an examination of the state of New Orleans in 2009; and a look at the impact of the Obama administration on wilding behavior. In addition, two all new chapters have been added to the Fifth Edition. Chapter 5, Subprime Capitalism, examines the 2008 Wall street collapse including sections on the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff, the workings of the housing market, and the role of the media before and after the collapse. Chapter 9, The Tragedy of the Commons, identifies how wilding behavior threatens the building blocks of a good society. This chapter specifically examines the effects of wilding on our public space, social infrastructure, and natural environment.
Psychology

The Sociopath Next Door

The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us

Author: Martha Stout

Publisher: Broadway Books​

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 241

View: 2437

Who is the devil "you" know? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband? Your sadistic high school gym teacher? Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings? The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own? In the pages of "The Sociopath Next Door," you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. Hes a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too. We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in "The Sociopath Next Door," Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people--one in twenty-five--has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt. " " How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them. Theyre more spontaneous, more intense, more complex, or even sexier than everyone else, making them tricky to identify and leaving us easily seduced. Fundamentally, sociopaths are different because they cannot love. Sociopaths learn early on to show sham emotion, but underneath they are indifferent to others suffering. They live to dominate and thrill to win. The fact is, we all almost certainly know at least one or more sociopaths already. Part of the urgency in reading "The Sociopath Next Door" is the moment when we suddenly recognize that someone we know--someone we worked for, or were involved with, or voted for--is a sociopath. But what do we do with that knowledge? To arm us against the sociopath, Dr. Stout teaches us to question authority, suspect flattery
Social Science

Capitalism: Should You Buy it?

An Invitation to Political Economy

Author: Charles Derber,Yale R. Magrass

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317262794

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

View: 445

Before there was economics, there was political economy, an interdisciplinary adventure boldly and critically seeking to understand capitalism. Over time, the social sciences evolved into specific disciplines - economics, sociology, political science - that less often questioned capitalist perspectives and the state. Contrasting three traditions - neoclassicism, Keynesianism, and neo-Marxism - Capitalism: Should You Buy It? traces the historical development of each and evaluates whether they view capitalism as the root cause of or the solution to the pressing problems now facing humanity. This accessible and hopeful book is a call to everyone - citizen, student, public intellectual - to revive the critical edge towards capitalism.

Sociopath

Inside the Mind of a Sociopath

Author: Paul Sorensen

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781502320346

Category:

Page: 70

View: 9208

~ Take a Glimpse Inside the Mind of a Sociopath... ~ **Limited Edition** From the ~Personality Disorders and Mental Illnesses~ collection and the award winning writer, Paul Sorensen, comes a masterful explanation into the mind of a sociopath! "An excellent depiction of the modern day sociopath!" - Alex Lemmings, Book Critique Think of sociopaths, and what's the first thing that enters your mind? The soulless murderer, lurking in the shadows? Or perhaps you think of the ruthless business man turned hardened criminal, a modern day depiction in recent movies and media. You'd probably be surprised to know that you've met a sociopath already, at least one. Are they your classmate, colleague, friend, or even lover? The thing about sociopaths that so few realize is that they are chameleons, masters at blending in. Unless you know them intimately, you will have no idea what's going on behind the charming façade. In the real world, sociopaths are far more likely to lie to family members, steal from workplaces, cheat on their partners, abuse drugs, and commit fraud, than they ever are to murder someone. Although not all actions by a sociopath are criminal, many are what society considers immoral, and you remain unaware of the sociopaths in your own life at your peril. In this book you will learn what a true sociopath is like, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them - especially if they cannot be avoided. I also discuss how to help yourself heal after you come out the other side. Is there a cure, or even any hope for sociopaths? The short answer is 'we don't know', but there's a lot more to it than that, and forewarned is forearmed. Don't let yourself become the next to be manipulated, lied to, or even assaulted or have your life destroyed by the sociopath you know. Topics of Discussion - What is Sociopathy? - Sociopathic Personalities - How to Recognize a Sociopath - Surviving a Sociopath - Clinical Sociopathy - The Cause of Sociopathy - Is there a Cure? - and much more! Grab Your Copy Today! The contents of this book are easily worth over $30 but if you purchase this book today you will get it for just $11.99! --------- Tags: Sociopath, ASPD

My Sociopath

An Empath's Soul Journey Among Sociopaths

Author: Lynna Kivela,Lynna Kivela Ma

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533661913

Category:

Page: 264

View: 9130

It was no easy feat to survive childhood being raised by a diagnosed sociopath father and a mentally-ill mother - especially for a child that leads from her heart. When she turned eighteen, her father called her an "old loser" and told her to leave home. On her own, this adult-child navigates the world with an innate sense of her "oldness" in search of meaning. The writer travels from the Rust Belt to the West Coast to Turkey trying to not only save herself, but the animals and bad men that she attracts along the way. This book highlights a sensitive child, with a strong soul, who grows up to be a confused woman searching for love in damaging men without ever losing track of her inner compass...her Will...her love for animals and her urge to keep expanding. My Sociopath is the first book of its kind to give a revealing look at the making of an Empath and how this sensitive person navigates in a world of Narcissists and Sociopaths. It is a flash of memoir mixed with a new and imaginative look into the deep workings of Sociopaths, Narcissists, and the rarely discussed Empaths. This is not a victim's "loss of love" rant; nor is it a repeat of all the old sociopath traits and checklists that we've all been inundated with. This is a well thought out, innovative, free thinking and spirited version of all the old sociopath books. The writer is constantly analyzing human behaviors and motivations through soul needs of all players and offers fresh advice all along for bettering our existence. You don't have to wait to get to the Healing Section to receive inspirational nudges along the way. The author maintains that none of us are ever truly healed from trauma, but instead, we must focus on our expansion. My Sociopath is infused with splatterings of thoughts from the ancient wisdom writers for more in-depth pondering and to incite our creative flow. Author, Lynna Kivela, goes against traditional and repeated beliefs that Narcissists lack empathy. They do have empathy, but not in the way we're used to seeing. All new "checklists" are given and the author explains her own hypothesis regarding the destructive forces that walk amongst us and why some of us, usually Empaths, are continually absorbed by their damaging energy. All of us are formed into being by what the author conceives as our mother's "Emotional Body." My Sociopath infuses the emotional and mental-workings of all players and instead of a remote view of perpetrator, victim, and enabler, a vulnerable expression of everyone's intense need for love and acceptance is revealed. The author asserts that in order to recover from childhood abuse that results in a life of attracting dysfunction, we must untangle our "emotional body" by examining the patterns in our life that most of us refuse to see, but that we must recognize, so to stop the destruction. You will not only see, but feel, a combination of the author's essence of teacher, healer, creator and a person on a healing journey herself. The writer turns her ideas into well organized lists and easy to read segments with headings from not only the point of being a well trained teacher, but from her personal knowing that trauma victims have a hard time with concentration and focus. She writes about her many days of "looming gray clouds in her mind." My Sociopath is An Empath's Soul Journey Among Sociopath.