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The Psychopathy of Everyday Life


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Introduction The Psychopathy of Everyday Life Behavioral Manifestations Some Psychopaths of Everyday Life A Few Cases The Core Personality Structure Differential Diagnosis: Associated and Overlapping Disorders Social Successful Psychopaths Cause Course and Prognosis Therapy of the Mild Psychopath Coping With the Psychopaths of Everyday Life

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An absorbing and groundbreaking exploration of mild psychopaths, those people found everyday in all professions and in all walks of life who lie, swindle, manipulate, and schmooze their way into often very successful positions, at a cost to victims usually so unaware that they cannot protect themselves.

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Martin Kantor, MD is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at several hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a full-time medical author, the author of more than a dozen other books, including Homophobia, Second Edition (Praeger 2009); Uncle Sam's Shame: Inside the Veteran's Administration (Praeger 2008); Lifting the Weight: Understanding Depression in Men: Its Causes and Solutions (Praeger 2007); The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006); Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professional, Families, and Sufferers (Praeger 2004); Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient, and the Victim (Praeger, 2002), Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men (Praeger, 1999), and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).


"Antisocial personality disorder (APD)-the condition one sees in the sociopath next door, the label applied by Martha Stout in her book by the same title (2005), or in mild psychopaths, as Kantor (psychiatrist, trainer of psychiatrists at various hospitals) labels them-is currently a hot topic in clinical psychology. Individuals with APD can wreak havoc on communities. These individuals are not psychopathic serial killers. Rather, these are neighbors who blast their horns at drivers who do not get moving . . . turn up their personal stereos . . . yell into their cell phones . . . rev up their motorcycles at night . . . or put their dogs to sleep because they bark too much. Kantor does a thorough job of describing mild psychopaths and their behavior while differentiating them from those with APD and other disorders. He provides a thorough examination of the etiology, personality structure, and course/prognosis of this disorder and finishes with excellent chapters on therapy with mild psychopaths and a six-step method for helping victims cope with the psychopathy of everyday life. . . . Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." - Choice
"Practitioner and author Kantor explains how to recognize, understand and cope with mild psychopaths, including politicians who lie, sales people who push bad products, Internet cruisers who are in reality identity thieves. He also helps define the difference between being a psychopath and being successful in Western society. He describes behaviors, the core personality structures, associated and overlapping disorders, social issues and successful psychopaths, causes, course of the disease and diagnosis, therapy and coping mechanisms." - SciTech Book News
"[K]antor has taken on an important and difficult subject." - PsycCritiques

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