What I am reading – The Psychopath Test

This week, I thought I would share my thoughts on a book that was given to me by LSH for Valentines Day (we don’t normally make a fuss on Valentines Day, but this year we treated each other to a book. He got one on coffee making, as per his request)

A good friend of mine, recommended this book to me. She said it was a bit different, and funny, but also thought provoking. I thought it sounded interesting, so I was delighted when it arrived.

The blurb says:

“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”

So far, I am half way through, and am thoroughly enjoying it. It is very thought provojing, and also a little bit shocking at times, but it is incredibly humouros too. Writing about mental health, in such a way, is quite tricky, but the author really has found a way to share about the subject whilst keeping a sense of humour about him, and amusing his readers. It also makes you wonder, who really is mad, or are we all just that little bit crazy….

I would definitely say, that if you are looking for something different to read, this is a good choice, and you won’t regret it. I chose this in paperback, and have been taking it to work to read on my lunch breaks, and reading it at night at bedtome. In fact, one chapter amused me so much, I laughed out loud and woke up LSH and the cat, they were not amused! 😉

What are you reading this week?


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