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The Psychopath Test

De : Jon Ronson
Lu par : Jon Ronson
Durée : 7 h et 33 min
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Shortlisted for Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012, the best-selling audiobook The Psychopath Test is written and narrated by award-winning British journalist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson. Take a closer look at the subject of madness from every angle – the diagnosed, the doctor and the imposter. Ronson gives a humorous and insightful look at a subject still plagued by stigmas and stereotypes. He reveals a way to perform the psychopath “test” on anyone – from your boss, neighbor or your lover and be surprised how their answers compare. Available now from Audible.

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This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

Jon meets a Broadmoor inmate who swears he faked a mental disorder to get a lighter sentence but is now stuck there, with nobody believing he’s sane. He meets some of the people who catalogue mental illness, and those who vehemently oppose them. He meets the influential psychologist who developed the industry standard Psychopath Test and who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are in fact psychopaths.

Jon learns from him how to ferret out these high-flying psychopaths and, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, heads into the corridors of power...Combining Jon’s trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is a deeply honest book unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.

©2011 Jon Ronson (P)2011 Macmillan Digital Audio

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“Ronson’s gift is his ability to illuminate impenetrable worlds. Hare’s checklist is already the subject of criticism, but Ronson details many studies showing how bad psychiatry has been at diagnosing mental illness.”( Nature Magazine)
“In case you get really worried about a member of your party, then we’d suggest packing Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, a compelling adventure into the world of madness . Funny and revealing this book will change the way you look at your boss, boyfriend or bank manager forever.” ( The Guardian Bookshop Guide)
"In case you get really worried about a member of your party, then we’d suggest packing Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, a compelling adventure into the world of madness . Funny and revealing this book will change the way you look at your boss, boyfriend or bank manager forever." ( The Guardian)
"Ronson’s gift is his ability to illuminate impenetrable worlds. Hare’s checklist is already the subject of criticism, but Ronson details many studies showing how bad psychiatry has been at diagnosing mental illness." ( Nature Magazine)

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  • Erin
  • 15/02/2013

Couldn't stop listening!

Ronson has a very unique speaking style and I was absolutely transfixed by it! He has an ability to make serious, frightening and sometimes disturbing topics somehow hilarious. At times I was surprised to find myself so amused and entertained by a book about psychopathic behaviour. As some others have mentioned, this book is not a serious review of the "Madness Industry" but instead a collection of fascinating interviews and bizarre stories that the author discovers along his journey. The way Ronson describes himself as a bit quirky, introverted and anxiety-prone makes him seem like an unlikely interviewer for his many subjects, which I think makes his encounters with these individuals all the more entertaining! A really great listen. I plan to listen to more books written and/or narrated by Ronson!

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  • Peter
  • 26/03/2013

i failed.. twas a relief

i do not envy poor Ronson for having to spend so much time with some of these people.. however i am glad that he endured.. to bring such a wonderful insight into the thoughts socio-elite.. they lurk around every corner.. hide in all the crevices.. or just stand there.. out in the open.. saying "hey,look at me".. but seriously.. fascinating stuff

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  • William G Kewley
  • 06/08/2018

Well read and highly entertaining

This was one of the first audiobooks I've enjoyed and powered through it in no time at all. Very well read and highly entertaining. My only criticism would be that the work's structure lacks some of the usually impeccable of Ronson's other work, and can feel like it's jumping around a bit. Still, this is a minor criticism of an entertaining and illuminating read. Highly recommend.

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  • Jesse Sweed
  • 23/11/2016

captivating

It had me engaged throughout the entire book. The mind is a fascinating thing to study and Jon Ronson has a style that's easy to listen to and constantly curious. I've learned a lot listening to this book and I'm going to study more.

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  • Neil Taylor
  • 06/11/2015

Fascinating and compelling

Jon Ronson is one of the most consistently interesting journalists working. While plenty of people have tried writing about madness, media and the mental health industry, many writers tend to play up the scary side for drama. But Ronson carefully avoids glamorisation, but still manages to deliver a compelling and enthralling story.

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  • lguinily
  • 11/09/2019

I think im surrounded by psychopaths now

This book is more like a collection of experiences the author went through as he was writing this book or as he says, investigating about how or what makes a person a psychopath. Though i must say, the stories about the places he went and the people he talked to were very interesting to listen to especially about the conspiracies of psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies in creating new disorders just to get people to buy their miracle medicines. That said, i only gave 3 stars because while it was interesting to hear about Jon's wouldbe adventures, there were stories in between that just felt like fillers. I also had to play this in 1.25-1.50x speed because the narrator was too slow, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.

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  • Creatrix
  • 18/07/2019

had high hopes for the book

Got this book as a recommendation and was really looking forward to listening. I'm quite a bit disappointed. The writer skates on the surface too much, changes subject too often; at times it was a bit confusing and unclear what he was talking about. A lot of loose ends, so to say. Reads more like a sum of individual blog posts rather than a comprehensive book written by a journalist about a subject. Can say that I've read shorter and more in-depth articles, so quite disappointed with the book. The narrator was so slow and dull that I had to speed it up to be able to follow what he's saying. All in all, if you're not familiar with the subject it's an ok first read but if you already know more than the writer you'll be bored to tears.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 02/07/2019

Brilliant

Simply brilliant. Sheds light and casts doubt on unexpected assumptions, not only about psychopaths, but also the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and normality. This should be prescribed reading for medical, psychology, and pharmacy students. Worth every minute.

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  • ruben
  • 21/06/2016

Excellent

. Typical Ronson humour and insight into the human condition. Ronson`s reading is great too

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  • Miss C E Ince
  • 28/10/2015

Loved it.

Interesting mix of crime, psychology and mystery with a fascinating cast of characters. Well worth a listen.

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  • Andreas Opfermann
  • 18/03/2019

Mind-blowing story with unbelievable people and events. I barely could stop hearing it in one peace.

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