Today a new book went on sale called, Confessions of a Sociopath: A life spent hiding in plain sight. The author is a woman writing under the pseudonym of M.E. Thomas. Although she doesn’t want people to know her real name — gee, I wonder why? — Thomas claims that she is a successful lawyer and a Mormon Sunday school teacher. Oh, and she enjoys ruining people’s lives.
Thomas runs a website written by sociopaths, for sociopaths. I don’t want to mention the name of it, because I don’t want to give it any publicity. (If you really want to know, send me an email.) On this website, people who say they are sociopaths swap stories about how they get over on the rest of us stupid sheep who are burdened with hearts and consciences.
Anyway, the book publisher, the Crown Publishing Group, an imprint of Random House, has apparently put its marketing muscle behind this memoir. An article by Thomas is featured as the cover story of this month’s Psychology Today
Tomorrow, M. E. Thomas is appearing on the Dr. Phil Show.
The publisher has sent out many advance reader copies. Amazon.com already has 35 reviews of the book. Another big review by Julia M. Klein appears on BostonGlobe.com. Her first paragraphs are:
Talk about an unreliable narrator: Just what are we to make of a book by a diagnosed sociopath that functions alternately as a warning against sociopathy, an apologia for it, and an embodiment of its worst manipulative tendencies?
This intermittently fascinating, if rather disjointed, account is part memoir, part psychological treatise, and entirely not to be trusted. Its pseudonymous author, M.E. Thomas, describes herself as a law professor and a Mormon who tithes and teaches Sunday school. Even more surprisingly, she claims to have “a close circle of family and friends whom I love and who very much love me.”
That last statement is ludicrous, of course, because the core of sociopathy is an inability to love. But as we all well very know, sociopaths are exceptionally good at talking about love and convincing us that their feelings are real.
At least this book, and the marketing dollars behind it, is drawing attention to the fact that millions of sociopaths live among us, and they aren’t all deranged serial killers. All of us here at Lovefraud have already learned that lesson the hard way.
After the money I lost to my own personal sociopath, the last thing I want to do is give money to another one by buying this book. I already know what they are.