Book Review: The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson’s, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, newest book is The Psychopath Test. It is Ronson’s personal journey into what he calls the madness industry.

Ronson, a respected journalist who has written for The Guardian and published four books, each delving into a mysterious world, uses his self deprecating style to bring the world of the mad, of those who study the insane and even those who appear normal (but are they?) to life.

Ronson’s interest in the world of psychopaths begins when he is contacted by a group of academics who all received editions of a maddening book, Being or Nothingness. The book appears to have been sent to a select group of intellectuals. It features cut out words, riddles and mysterious notes, leaving all who received it baffled. The group calls on Ronson to help solve the mystery of who wrote the book and why they are the recipients.

Ronson solves that mystery relatively easily, but it sparks his curiosity. Who would do such a thing? Why would they do such a thing? Is that person a psychopath? What is a psychopath exactly? Ronson takes readers on a journey as he interviews mass murders, CEOs, those held in homes for the criminally insane and those in the medical industry charged with determining who exactly is insane. Through his journey, Ronson begins to question his own sanity as well.

Although I’m not an avid reader of non-fiction, I could not stop reading The Psychopath Test. The cases it presents, the stories that emerge, Ronson’s fantastic mix of intellectualism and humor all make this book a must read.

Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Bear Paws

Ho ho ho, guess what’s coming.. no that’s not Santa (sadly), but just a new Follow Forever ! I know, again, but it’s probably one of my fave things to do because being here and talking to some of you is helping me a lot and makes my days better and i am so, so grateful. I never thought this website and some people would take such an important place in my life, now it does and i’ve just hit 2k followers and i am in AWE (seriously this is so many people, i can’t believe it ! who’s in to be part of an army to conquer the seven kingdoms - ok i’m out). How so many of you are putting up with me will always be a mystery. I don’t have a great blog, a great personality or real talent and i’ve never thought such a thing would happen. So thank you to all of you who are following me and reblogging my shitty stuff ; and a special thank you to the people in the following lists. I also advise you to check out my blogroll to see even more amazing blogs because i love every blog i follow, and i have a page for all of my amazing IRL friends

SPECIAL PEOPLE ; the ones who held my hand when i was a tumblr baby 
months ago and who will always have a special place in my heart

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2013 is coming to an end and i’ve been 3 years on this site (wow) and i thought it was finally time to make a follow forever of all the lovely people that make this site shiny :’) i just want you to know even though this site can be pretty obnoxious sometimes all the people i’m going to list here make my dash better and prettier and happier and really hope you guys have a wonderful 2014 because you deserve all the good things and i also want to thank you for putting up with the mess my blog can be sometimes, you’re all beautiful tropical fishes and i hope you have the most sunshine-y new year!!

p.s.: i’m sorry if i’ve forgotten some of you because my memory can be the worst but i hope you know how much i love each person i follow!

my most favorite people;

kaisa, ellie, mariah, zaq, sheryl, eli, aya, libby, pelin, tay

people who light up my dash;

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