Yalei Wang reviews “Confessions of a Sociopath” by ME Thomas – part memoir, part autobiography, it offers rare insight into a misunderstood group “hiding in plain sight.”
Confessions of a Sociopath:
A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
“We are your neighbours, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behaviour and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often-quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent–even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.”
Having had a slight fascination with sociopaths for a while, Confessions of a Sociopath was an ideal foray into the mind of one. Sociopaths are feared individuals in our society and as you will discover in Confessions of a Sociopath, highly misunderstood as well. As with almost every single stereotype, there lies a web of complexity behind the generalised “version” of how we see them. By the end of Confessions of a Sociopath, you’ll be asking yourself whether the author, ME Thomas, really is a sociopath or perhaps simply more emotionally severed than most.
As Confessions of a Sociopath’s narrator, ME Thomas takes us behind the scenes of her mind, how she deals with everyday life and, most interestingly, how she manages relationships with other people. Part memoir, part autobiography, her words are honest, to the point and cold. As readers, it’s perplexing to be exposed to this kind of perspective of almost chilling simplicity. Thomas uncovers the clumsiness of human emotion and the ways in which we are blinded by reflexes of heart and soul. I must admit, by the end of Confessions of a Sociopath I was wishing that I possessed this detachment that came naturally to her. Her ability to negotiate, manage and calculate life situations with spacious proximity grants her a realistic perspective that most of us are either too sensitive to accept or acknowledge.
The book is definitely a page-turner, so much so that you’ll probably devour the entire thing in less than a week. Easy to read, straightforward and with no flowery language to be found here at all, upon finishing Confessions of a Sociopath I wished that she had written a second volume. You really can’t get to the bottom of her and that’s what keeps you wanting to know more. She says some things that will confound you, confuse you; does things that are contradictory to what she says; but she never apologises for being the way she is and will admit no guilt for her actions.