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The Wisdom of Psychopaths

What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

By Kevin Dutton
16-minute read
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The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success  by Kevin Dutton

Not all psychopaths are locked away in maximum-security prisons and mental hospitals. Many of them live among us, in the midst of society. Indeed, a great number of highly successful political and financial leaders exhibit psychopathic traits. This book investigates why they are so successful, what makes them different from psychopathic criminals and what all of us can learn from them.


  • Anyone with a general interest in psychology, criminology or popular science
  • Anyone who wants to find out what we can learn from psychopaths and which of their traits could be useful in our professional lives

Kevin Dutton is a researcher at the Calleva Research Centre for Evolution and Human Science in Oxford. Dutton claims that his own father was a psychopath – one of the reasons he’s so interested in this particular field. In addition to The Wisdom of Psychopaths (2012), he has also published other bestsellers and writes for well-known publications like the Guardian and Psychology Today.

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