Book by my bedside: Confessions of a Sociopath // M.E Thomas

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I never considered myself to be an avid reader until I began to experience a series of sleepless nights. I’d lay in bed and imagine myself being in a Fight Club-esque situation and, truth be told, having a split personality really does not work with my class schedule.

I find that reading parts of a book before I fall asleep allows me to drift off into a character’s problems which can, in some ways, be rather therapeutic. My current escape has been a memoir-style book about a non-violent, high functioning sociopath, titled Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E Thomas.

For those of you who don’t quite know what a sociopath is, it’s basically someone who is unable to tap into their empathy. They can tell what’s right from wrong, but they don’t feel any form of remorse if they choose to do the wrong thing.

So far I have been finding the book incredibly interesting. It gives you a detailed insight into the clockwork of the writer’s head following a chronological recount of her life as a sociopath towards becoming a successful law professor.

Perhaps the manipulation began to work on me instantly, but I found myself being drawn towards her and believing everything she says, finding her almost endearing. This is an interesting parallel as she explicitly mentions in her book that she is able to manipulate people into accepting everything she says. It was fascinating to see that translate into her writing.

Another compelling factor is how I started to identify several people in my life who also possess these traits that she explains in the book. It is said that 1 in 25 people are sociopaths, and although they normally carry a negative connotation (often associated with criminals), there are a large number of them who live their everyday lives, not causing harm to others.

This book does draw light on a mental illness that is often misunderstood and has personally made me more open-minded. Perhaps sociopathy isn’t as terrifying as the rest of the world makes it out to be.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a knack for finding out how other people’s heads work. It is an entertaining book because of the way it is written, but it does tackle a number of serious issues pertaining to the personality disorder. It has been an interesting read so far, and I do see myself eagerly finishing it over the next week.

Rating so far: 4/5


Words by Aditi Rane

Edited by Maisie Green

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