Review of “Confessions of a Sociopath” by M. E. Thomas
“So what are the challenges that both individuals with Asperger’s and sociopaths are said to share?
Well, according to a jaw droppingly chilling autobiography titled “Confessions or a Sociopath” written by female author M.E. Thomas, who is herself a clinically diagnosed sociopath, they are, an inability to read people’s facial expressions and body language, difficulty with understanding social rules and most importantly an overwhelming lack of empathy for others.”
How many of us shudder each and every time there’s “breaking news” of some lone teenager somewhere, (almost always a male), reported to have gone on a shooting rampage, just knowing that sooner or later the initial shock of the rampage will turn to the tried, but oh so rarely true speculation, that the lone teenage gunman in question, has Asperger’s Syndrome?
I know that I sit and cringe, firstly for the harm inflicted, and secondly for the offensive accusations that cause the fear and mistrust of all individuals with Asperger’s which inevitably accompany each and every report of this kind.
And frankly, I’m baffled by the media’s constantly misaligned assertions as there seems to be no genuine link between Asperger’s Syndrome, in either men or women, and a propensity towards violence.
There is however a genuine link to be made between those individuals who experience sociopathy and a propensity…
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