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BOOK REVIEW: Just Like His Father?

Mary Ann Glynn adMany of you who have been with a sociopath have had children with him/her.  I’ve heard a lot of sad and horrible stories from partners who are left with the fall-out of the damage done to the children.  The sociopath can be abusive, parentify the child into meeting his/her needs, or ally the child against the other parent, all of which are extremely damaging.  The child may also be exposed to chaos in the home, addiction, or divorce.

If this weren’t bad enough, the child of a sociopath will have half of his/her genes, making the child vulnerable to developing sociopath traits.  That is why Dr. Liane J. Leedom’s book, Just Like His Father? is timely and of … Read more

Charles Manson and Dale Carnegie

While we’re talking about famous serial killers, how about a man whose name is synonymous with brutal murder Charles Manson? A new book on Manson, to be released next month, reveals that the criminal participated in Dale Carnegie training while in prison, before he became a cult figure. According to a pre-release book review:

In his new book, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, author Jeff Guinn credits Carnegie training with transforming Manson from “a low-level pimp” to the “frighteningly effective sociopath” who created a cult of killers in the late 1960s.

Read the review: Charles Manson’s turning point: Dale Carnegie classes, on Businessweek.com.

I haven’t read the book, but I am positive that Manson … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: My Friend Dahmer

My Friend DahmerEditor’s Note: The following review was written by “Sellenna,” a Lovefraud reader. To see a picture of Jeffrey Dahmer, check out the CNN slideshow in the recent Lovefraud article, “The Boston Strangler and other famous serial killers.”

If you like books about psychopaths and true crime, I highly recommend a graphic novel called “My Friend Dahmer,” written and illustrated by comic book artist and journalist Derf Backderf, a former high-school classmate and acquaintance of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. It’s a comic book, but it deals with very adult themes; some that are quite unsuitable for children. In this book, Backderf describes what Dahmer was like as a teenager before he committed his first murder at … Read more

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Confessions of a Sociopath – a book I don’t want to buy or read

Today a new book went on sale called, Confessions of a Sociopath: A life spent hiding in plain sight. The author is a woman writing under the pseudonym of M.E. Thomas. Although she doesn’t want people to know her real name gee, I wonder why? Thomas claims that she is a successful lawyer and a Mormon Sunday school teacher. Oh, and she enjoys ruining people’s lives.

Thomas runs a website written by sociopaths, for sociopaths. I don’t want to mention the name of it, because I don’t want to give it any publicity. (If you really want to know, send me an email.) On this website, people who say they are sociopaths swap stories about how they … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: I’m still standing, by Lovefraud’s Mel Carnegie

I'm Still Standing by Mel CarnegieIf you’ve been reading Lovefraud for awhile, you’ve probably been inspired by the many encouraging articles contributed by Mel Carnegie, a British woman now living in France who experienced her own devastating marriage to a sociopath. Now, you can read her complete story in her new book, I’m Still Standing, and be even more inspired.

Mel has told us snippets of her story: how she lost her father, and then her mother, while she was young. How she was abandoned by her guardians. How she had a son, although the relationship didn’t last. And then how she met the man who she thought was the love of her life, only to be totally betrayed.

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LETTER TO LOVEFRAUD: I need to have my experience to count for something

Aftermath of Rock n RollEditor’s note: The following was written by Noelle R. Andrews, author of “Aftermath of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Read about her book in the article posted earlier today.

Some people are born selfless. Mother Teresa, who worked with Calcutta’s poor for decades, is a classic example. The caring people who worked with lepers on Hawaii’s island of Molokai are another.

Other people, like me, take up a cause because some experience has affected our lives in a profound way. Susan G. Koman’s sister died of breast cancer. The foundation she created in her sister’s honor is one of the best-known fundraisers for this disease. Jennie McCarthy has fought to raise awareness for autism, after her son was given that … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: The Aftermath of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Aftermath of Rock n RollLike many of us here at Lovefraud, the author of this book thought she met her soul mate. He swept into her life, showered her with attention and affection, and, once she accepted his lavish but far-too-quick marriage proposal, quickly set out to use her, and then destroy her.

The cover of this book lists the author as “Noelle R. Andrews,” but that’s a pseudonym. She wanted to protect her family and her career—she works as a radiologist. The perpetrator isn’t identified either—his fake name is Adrian Mammon. This man worked—when he bothered to work—impersonating a famous, now aging, rock star. He treated his gigs as paid opportunities to get drunk and behave obnoxiously. When he wasn’t working, … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Reviewed by Joyce Alexander, RNP (retired)

As many of you who have read my articles and book reviews in the past know, I am fascinated by scientific studies of the brain and how our experiences affect both the anatomy and physiology of our brains. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other life events affect our brains in many ways. In their book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Richard J. Davidson, PhD, with Sharon Begley, reveal more about the power of the human brain.

DNA—the building blocks we get from our parents—except in the case of identical twins, is unique for each of us. Our DNA works by turning on or turning off different genes which we have … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: Kevin Dutton’s “Wisdom of Psychopaths” is a disservice to society

Kevin Dutton, Ph.D., is a fabulous writer. Unfortunately, in his new book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths—What saints, spies, and serial killers can teach us about success, he uses his prodigious skill with words to promote a fundamentally flawed thesis.

What is the thesis? That psychopathy, “in small doses,” is good for us. Here’s what Dutton writes in the preface of the book:

Psychopathy ”¦ can also be good for us, at least in moderation. Like anxiety, depression, and quite a few other psychological disorders, it can at times be adaptive. Psychopaths, as we shall discover, have a variety of attributes—personal magnetism and a genius for disguise being just the starter pack—which, once you know how to harness them

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BOOK REVIEW: The No Asshole Rule

Here at Lovefraud, most of the conversation is about the sociopaths we’ve encountered in romantic relationships. But sociopaths are equal opportunity exploiters, and are often abusive in some way to almost everyone in their lives. Therefore, we can encounter sociopaths anywhere—especially in the workplace.

I recently read a book that’s helpful for avoiding, or surviving, abuse on the job: The No Asshole Rule Building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t. The book is written by Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D., a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University.

Yes, there is a mild obscenity in the title, and the A-word appears throughout the book. Still, I’d describe the book as delightful. Why? Because Sutton … Read more

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