Authors: Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare
Country/ Year: The US/ 2006
I have noticed that the word Psychopath produces surprise and fear. So, when I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. One of my friends recommended it to me when I got my first job in London. Such a good recommendation!
Essentially, we have psychopaths everywhere and it is difficult to spot them because they seem like great people, but they really want to take advantage of us. Apparently, their charisma and communication skills are bright, convincing us of their genuine friendship, camaraderie, partnership or love. However, their true nature is quite the opposite as they are parasites that live and feed on our talents. They would take credit for our ideas and blame someone else when there is a failure. They are good readers of people and very manipulative. These individuals could be very entertaining and brilliant liars (mixing their lies with reality to avoid being caught). Psychopaths invent a façade to hide their lack of productivity and low performance – rarely do we see them in low profile jobs. They are predators that are continuously on the hunt for their next victim.
The book is excellent because it mentions examples and teaches us to spot these characters. It is also dynamic and exciting.