The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

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The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

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Psychopaths are often viewed with horror and disgust, but could some of their attributes help us flourish if applied correctly? In seven chapters, Kevin Dutton examines, dissects, tests, and rebuilds the idea of what a successful psychopath could look like. Psychopaths do not always end up as dangerous criminals; many live quite happy and productive lives as surgeons, business executives, or soldiers. In this summary, you’ll learn the Seven Deadly Wins: key traits of psychopathic behavior that could transform your personal life or career if applied in healthy doses. Consider adopting some of their charm, their cold rationality, or their ability to ignore stress, and gain their power.

“Psychopathy is like sunlight. Overexposure can hasten one’s demise in a grotesque, carcinogenic fashion. But regulated exposure at controlled and optimal levels can have a significant positive impact on well-being and quality of life.”

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