The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of 9781617230158

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of 9781617230158
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"Compelling, essential reading for understanding the underpinnings of psychopathy." -- M. E. Thomas, author of "Confessions of a Sociopath" For his first fifty-eight years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and professor, he'd been raised in a loving family, married his high school sweetheart, and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity. While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern. And a few months later he learned that he was descended from a long line of murderers. Fallon set out to reconcile the truth about his own brain with everything he knew as a scientist about the mind, behavior, and personality. -Compelling, essential reading for understanding the underpinnings of psychopathy.- -- M. E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath For his first fifty-eight years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and professor, he'd been raised in a loving family, married his high school sweetheart, and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity. While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern. And a few months later he learned that he was descended from a long line of murderers. Fallon set out to reconcile the truth about his own brain with everything he knew as a scientist about the mind, behavior, and personality. For his first 58 years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal man. A successful neuroscientist and professor, he'd been raised in a loving family, married his school sweetheart and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity. While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behaviour. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern. For the first fifty-eight years of his life James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and medical school professor, he'd been raised in a loving, supportive family, married his high school sweetheart, and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but also would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity. The Psychopath Inside tells the fascinating story of Fallon's reaction to the discovery that he has the brain of a psychopath. While researching serial murderers, he uncovered a distinct neurological pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. A few months later he learned that he was descended from a family with a long line of murderers, which hinted that Fallon's own brain pattern wasn't a fluke. This is Fallon's account of coming to grips with this discovery and its implications, especially the fact that humans are evne more complex than we can imagine. 'Absorbing, insightful, and quirky.' Kirkus Reviews 'As comprehensive as it is compelling, essential reading for understanding the genetic and neuroscience underpinnings of psychopathy.' E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath 'The personal and the scientific combine in this book to insightful and informative effect . . . . This is a great book and might reveal a little more about the psychopath in all of us.' Scramento Book Review
Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 1617230154
ISBN-13 9781617230158
eBay Product ID (ePID) 201615695
Key Details
Author James Fallon
Number Of Pages 256 pages
Format Paperback
Publication Date 2014-10-28
Language English
Publisher Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Year 2014
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2014
Illustrated Yes
Dimensions
Weight 7.9 Oz
Height 0.6 In.
Width 5.4 In.
Length 8.4 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Grade From Twelfth Grade
Age Range 18
Classification Method
LC Classification Number HV6133
Dewey Decimal 616.85/82
Dewey Edition 23
Reviews
"As comprehensive as it is compelling, essential reading for understanding the genetic and neuroscience underpinnings of psychopathy." M. E. THOMAS, author of Confessions of a Sociopath "Just the word 'psychopath' is enough to grab anyone's attention and it has inspired numerous TV shows and films for many decades. In truth, I believe the word itself does little to wrap its arms around the infinite behavioral traits psychopaths pos�sess, for good and bad. Fallon lets us inside his mind as he takes us on a deftly woven journey, breaking down every convention of psychopathic behavior." SIMON MIRREN, former executive producer of Criminal Minds "Absorbing, insightful and quirky" Kirkus "His surprising final diagnosis could broaden the way we see normality." Nature "The Psychopath Inside is a deeply compelling personal story of an eminent scien�tist's discovery of his own psychopathy. Jim Fallon confesses the sins of his biology and in doing so receives the absolution of being human. I couldn't put it down." PAUL J. ZAK, PhD, author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity "As comprehensive as it is compelling, essential reading for understanding the genetic and neuroscience underpinnings of psychopathy." M. E. THOMAS, author of Confessions of a Sociopath "Just the word 'psychopath' is enough to grab anyone's attention and it has inspired numerous TV shows and films for many decades. In truth, I believe the word itself does little to wrap its arms around the infinite behavioral traits psychopaths pos�sess, for good and bad. Fallon lets us inside his mind as he takes us on a deftly woven journey, breaking down every convention of psychopathic behavior." SIMON MIRREN, former executive producer of Criminal Minds "In a thought-provoking account of self-exploration, Fallon puts himself 'under the microscope' in an attempt to make sense of how his own biological and developmental history has shaped his life. His perspective on psychopathy pushes us to consider the important roles of nature and nurture, and the fine line between adaptive and mal�adaptive personality traits." JOHN F. EDENS, PhD, professor of psychology, director of clinical training, and Cornerstone Faculty Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University "An intriguing look into the dark side of the brain. A must-read for anyone curious about why our brains think our darkest thoughts and how many of us go into states of psychosis without even realizing it. Dr. Fallon's study of my own brain helped me come to terms with my strangest ideas and why I function the way I do. Few people understand the brain as well as Dr. Fallon, and can write about it in such a fun and engaging way. A fascinating read." ELI ROTH, writer, director, and producer "Absorbing, insightful and quirky" Kirkus "His surprising final diagnosis could broaden the way we see normality." Nature journal

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