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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Puzzling People by Thomas Sheridan. As well-researched as a scholarly work, yet with the immediacy and accessibility of a layman, Puzzling People is a first-person account of the cheats, the charlatans, the liars, the neglectful parents, abusive teachers, two-faced politicians and their Psychopathic Control Grid, tyrannical bosses and colleagues from hell we have all encountered, including the lying lovers w As well-researched as a scholarly work, yet with the immediacy and accessibility of a layman, Puzzling People is a first-person account of the cheats, the charlatans, the liars, the neglectful parents, abusive teachers, two-faced politicians and their Psychopathic Control Grid, tyrannical bosses and colleagues from hell we have all encountered, including the lying lovers who use us then lose us in an instant.
Puzzling People takes an in-depth look at how the minds of psychopaths work and why, and focusses on what you can do to survive and thrive and ultimately escape forever. Delivered in a voice that makes it clear that the author lives what he writes, Puzzling People is an invaluable field guide to spotting and avoiding entities so completely lacking in empathy or compassion they may as well be counted as a different species entirely to human beings.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Puzzling People , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 25, Leticia Supple rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. I forget how I came across this book. All I remember is scanning one of the many online bookstores that I frequent, seeing it pop up in a list somewhere, and thinking, "I really want to read that".
So I bought it on a whim, without reading reviews, without even having a concrete idea as to what it was about. The best kind of purchase - totally self-driven. It was worth however much it was, the twenty-something dollars. Thomas Sheridan has a very conversational style about him. He finds a thread, I forget how I came across this book. He finds a thread, goes onto something else, comes back to the original thread, and uses the momentum to keep pushing his narrative forwards.
If you are not familiar with this type of style, you might find it 'rambling', as many other people have noted. It is not rambling, it's conversational. Rambling goes on, loses the point, fails to find the original point, and then kind of misses itself all over again. Sheridan does not lose the point he is driving towards. More importantly, he picks up threads and reiterates them later, in relation to a secondary or underlying issue, which could not have been discussed earlier.
Whether or not I agree with his premise about psychopaths is totally beside the point. I agree with much of his assessment of unscrupulous people. Indeed, just on my reading sections of this book out to others has caused those people to exclaim that my ex was clearly psychopathic.
Many of those people have proclaimed this, without even reading through such clear definitions as Sheridan provides. The most important thing about this book is in its discussion of psychopathic societies, and the notion that humans are not bad, nasty people - and the conditioning that the mass media creates to make the collective think this.
These sections of Sheridan's work are of great import to humanity as a whole, especially in relation to the notion of clear thinking, clear assessment, and returning to a critical point of view. The critical point of view, and assessing all information independently in order to come to a researched and personal perspective, is something that many people these days miss. It needs to be taught, and this is a good vehicle by which to do so.
Sheridan's perspective on the psychopathologies of regular society may be harnessed by curious people more easily than, say, the point of view of David Icke: even though they are both saying exactly the same thing.
There are issues with this book, from the zeros instead of 'o's, the poor editing, and some of the gaps, but even I can overlook these in consideration of the content.
It's an excellent, if occasionally confronting, read. And you need to let your own opinion go, read the work, consider it. Some of the statements made me laugh, some made me raise an eyebrow, but as a whole it was very much a worthwhile journey. Apr 26, Bryn Dunham rated it did not like it Shelves: crime-psychology.
This book started out promising but quickly turned The author makes the point, correctly in my opinion, that not all sociopaths are criminals or psycho ax murderers but are the ultimate human predator capable of anything to achieve their ends.
The book then turns into a "self-help" book about how to deal with and rid oneself on the psychopath in their life This book started out promising but quickly turned The book then turns into a "self-help" book about how to deal with and rid oneself on the psychopath in their life, which is fine and well, though mostly focusing on a "no contact ever again" strategy.
The later third of the book discusses psychopaths in the upper realms of world influence in corporations and government and this is where the book turns weird. The author suggests the people in the highest positions of influence and power are psychopaths designing methods and schemes through public policy and media to create future generations of automaton slaves to do their bidding.
I soon was glad to put this down The next red flag was the authors glib opinions about American leaders and policies which coming from a foreigner isn't appreciated and shoots his own "unbiased" claims. Lastly the author seems to go off the deep end and suggests that psychopaths are conspiring to rule the world and we must band together and pay attention to their schemes. The topic is very interesting to me but it quickly turned me off considering the red flags.
I wouldn't be surprised if the author is himself a sociopath and getting the last laugh. Sep 22, Carlos rated it it was amazing. This is the next step in teaching my students to defend themselves against these sick people ,they are everywhere 1 in 25,think about that they are everywhere especially the people I have known in life. Thomas should be given a medal for this great work. View 1 comment. Sep 09, Faith rated it really liked it. Was incredibly helpful to me.
I like the author isn't a psychiatrist or researcher. It gives him the leeway to spout opinions, many of which made me think "Yes! Jun 09, Jenny Duffy rated it it was amazing. Enlightening and empowering reading. Spot on. Highly recommend!! Oct 04, Froztwolf rated it liked it. A lot of the information in there is quite interesting, but the poor structure, endless repetitions and extremely judgmental tone of the book drag it down by quite a bit.
I was never excited to read on because there was no logical progression in the book. Phrases such as "increasingly violent video games where your child can assume the role of a hero who gains extra points by having sex with a prostitute and then killing her to get his money back" stand out to someone well familiar with the game A lot of the information in there is quite interesting, but the poor structure, endless repetitions and extremely judgmental tone of the book drag it down by quite a bit.
Phrases such as "increasingly violent video games where your child can assume the role of a hero who gains extra points by having sex with a prostitute and then killing her to get his money back" stand out to someone well familiar with the games industry as a testament to the author's lack of research and indicates that he has no problems bending the truth to make a point. This deeply undermined my confidence in everything the author said thereafter. I'm still not quite sure to pick out a psychopath I'm not living with how would I know whether my boss falls asleep instantly?
I'm going to buy "Snakes in suits" and see if that's any better. Mar 31, Katie rated it did not like it. I read this in the context of doing research for my doctoral dissertation in psychology. I think it's important that I am clear about the context of this, as if I was a layperson I may have rated quite a bit higher.
The author of this book may have done his own research, as I sure hope he did considering he is not in this field at all. There are zero citations telling me where he got his information, so I have no idea how reputable his information is.
Furthermore, it is unclear what is fact an I read this in the context of doing research for my doctoral dissertation in psychology. Furthermore, it is unclear what is fact and what is opinion-- and some of the information is downright weird and insane. Waste of time for my research. Apr 14, Scott rated it liked it. I have to agree with many of the other reviews. The book seemed well researched and then became really strange towards the end global conspiracies?
Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath
A must read. Puzzling People is the antidote to the irresponsible, comically tongue in cheek book 'The Psychopath Test', by 'alternative' journalist Ron Jonson. Unlike Ronson, Sheridan writes with Forgot Ron Jonson's rather tongue in cheek, befuddled study of pyschopaths, here Thomas Sheridan provides a serious, illuminating and well researched insight into the brutal realities based on his own diifcult Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.