Do you know someone who is too manipulative and full of himself? Does someone you know charm the masses yet lack the ability to deeply connect with those around her?
Grandiosity and exaggerated self-worth. Pathological lying. Manipulation. Lack of remorse. Shallowness. Exploitation for financial gain. These are the qualities of Almost Psychopaths. They are not the deranged criminals or serial killers that might be coined "psychopaths" in the movies or on TV. They are spouses, coworkers, bosses, neighbors, and people in the news who exhibit many of the same behaviors as a full-blown psychopath, but with less intensity and consistency.
In Almost a Psychopath, Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, and James Silver, JD, draw on scientific research and their own experiences to help you identify if you are an Almost Psychopath and, if so, guide you to interventions and resources to change your behavior.
If you think you have encountered an Almost Psychopath, they offer practical tools to help you: recognize the behavior, attitudes, and characteristics of the Almost Psychopath; make sense of interactions you've had with Almost Psychopaths; devise strategies for dealing with them in the present; make informed decisions about your next steps; and learn ways to help an Almost Psychopath get better control of their behavior.
The Almost Effect Series presents books written by Harvard Medical School faculty and other experts that offer guidance on common behavioral and physical problems falling in the spectrum between normal health and a full-blown medical condition. These are the first publications to help general readers recognize and address these problems.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword: The Almost Effect
Part 1 Minor Problems to Major Predators 1
Chapter 1 Setting the Stage
Chapter 2 What Is a Psychopath?
Chapter 3 The Almost Psychopath
Chapter 4 Could It Be Something Else?
Part 2 Dealing With Almost Psychopaths in Our Lives
Chapter 5 Living with an Almost Psychopath
Chapter 6 Recognizing Almost Psychopathic Traits in Children
Chapter 7 Working with an Almost Psychopath
Chapter 8 Confronting Child Abuse by Almost Psychopaths
Chapter 9 Adults as Victims: Confronting Almost Psychopaths in the Helping Professions
Chapter 10 Sick or Slick? Malingering and Manipulation of Illness
Chapter 11 What to Do When You Find Yourself in Almost Psychopath Territory
Appendix A Diagnostic Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder
Appendix B Defining a Mental Disorder Using the Axes of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DMS-IV-TR)
About the Authors
Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, has assessed individuals ranging from victims of child abuse, professional misconduct, and domestic violence to those accused of crimes that include bank robbery, campus shootings, and multiple murders. He is currently on staff at Harvard Medical School.
James Silver, JD, is a former federal prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney who has tried cases and handled appeals on offenses spanning the gamut of illegal behavior, from shoplifting to murder.