Friday, November 16, 2012

Antisocial Personality Disorder Resource List

This is the final article in the series looking at Antisocial Personality Disorder. I plan to start a new series discussing various aspects of Depression in January 2013. Hope everyone has a wonderful, happy holiday season!

Resource List

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work by Paul Babiak, PhD & Robert D. Hare, PhD (2006) HarperCollins Publishers

Not all individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) are in prison, many are among us. They work and play alongside us. Babiak and Hare reveal the common ploys of psychopaths, especially in the corporate world. The authors provide detailed suggestions about how to screen for psychopaths in the interview process as well as how to protect the work environment from those whose main goals are to manipulate and exploit the workplace.

This is an outstanding book for those in the business world who would like to become more aware of the subtle warning signs of psychopaths.  

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, PhD (2005) Broadway Books

Stout does an outstanding job of describing everyday sociopathy. She uses case examples to describe commonplace APD, the role conscience plays in society, and the disruptive, destructive nature of this disorder. She explains how to identify the sociopaths among us and outlines specific ways to protect ourselves.

I highly recommend this book. It does not focus on the extreme violent end of the continuum of APD, but rather the everyday examples of this condition. This is an excellent read for anyone wanting to understand how to defend oneself against commonplace APD.

 The Anatomy of Evil by Michael H. Stone, MD (2009) Prometheus Books

Dr. Stone explores the concept of evil in this compelling book.  The first part of the book defines “evil” and what constitutes as such behavior.  Through a detailed analysis of more than 600 violent criminals he has developed a 22-level hierarchy of evil behavior that moves from justifiable homicide to psychopathic torture-murder. He then uses actual cases to discuss the impact of genetics, family dynamics, societal pressures, mental illness, and the abuse of mind-altering substance in order to help us understand what causes some people to commit heinous acts of violence.

I recommend this book to those who are trying to understand why/what motivates some people to perpetrate atrocities. However, due to its narrow focus on extremely violent criminals, it is not recommended for those who are looking for a more general exploration of Antisocial Personality Disorder. 

The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers & Psychopaths by Pat Brown (2010) Voice, Hyperion: New York

Pat Brown starts this book by describing how her real-life experiences with a killer lead her to become a criminal profiler. She then open actual case files to provide an up-close perspective of the forensic work involved in investigating crimes. This book provides a fascinating behind-the-scene exploration of profiling and is recommended to those who would like to understand how criminal profilers develop theories and insight into serial killers' behaviors. 

Bad Boys, Bad Men: Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder by Donald W. Black, MD (1999) Oxford University Press

Black explains the history of the diagnosis Antisocial Personality Disorder. The information is peppered with plenty of fascinating case histories and examples. This is a very interesting book for those looking to understand the background and definition of this disorder.  It also reviews scientific thought about the disorder and various treatment options.

I am, however, reluctant to recommend Black’s Bad Boys since there are other more recent resources available.

Two books not reviewed, but worth a look–

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare, PhD (1993) The Guilford Press

Other Interesting Links–


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