In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.

Dutton argues that there are indeed "functional psychopaths" among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, and that shockingly, in some fields, the more "psychopathic" people are, the more likely they are to succeed. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world's most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.

As Dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, psychopaths tend to be fearless, confident, charming, ruthless, and focused—qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century. Provocative at every turn, The Wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it's our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success.

“No siento compasión por ellos. Soy como una maquina fría y sin corazón, me hago con el escalpelo, taladro y sierro. La emoción va muy mal para el negocio.” Esta frase, propia de un escalofriante asesino en serie, la pronuncia James Geraghty, uno de los neurocirujanos más reputados del Reino Unido.

Y es que cuando hablamos de psicópatas nos vienen a la cabeza personajes, reales o ficticios, como Hannibal Lecter, el carnicero de Milwaukee o Dexter. Y, sin embargo, en este libro no sólo se habla de ellos. En él salen otros nombres como los de Neil Armstrong, Bill Clinton, Vincent Van Gogh, John Stuart Mill o J. F. Kennedy.

Porque según Kevin Dutton, psicópatas hay muchos y en absoluto tienen por qué ser criminales o asesinos. La psicopatía es solo un índice de esa “escala de locura” en la que estamos todos nosotros, y existe una línea de separación muy fina entre el perfil de un neurocirujano y el de un asesino en serie. Se puede decir, por tanto, que los psicópatas gozan de rasgos tremendamente positivos e imprescindibles para triunfar en el siglo XXI: son atrevidos, carismáticos, implacables, centrados, fríos y seguros de sí mismos.

Este libro es un recorrido intelectual que combina el conocimiento científico sobre el cerebro humano con una crónica que recorre desde monasterios secretos a prisiones de máxima seguridad, pasando por campos de entrenamiento de las Fuerzas especiales. Provocador y sorprendente al mismo tiempo, La sabiduría de los psicópatas revela una verdad chocante; tras su oscura fachada, los psicópatas tienen mucho que enseñarnos.

In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry.

Dutton argues that there are indeed "functional psychopaths" among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, and that shockingly, in some fields, the more "psychopathic" people are, the more likely they are to succeed. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world's most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.

As Dutton develops his theory that we all possess psychopathic tendencies, he puts forward the argument that society as a whole is more psychopathic than ever: after all, psychopaths tend to be fearless, confident, charming, ruthless, and focused—qualities that are tailor-made for success in the twenty-first century. Provocative at every turn, The Wisdom of Psychopaths is a riveting adventure that reveals that it's our much-maligned dark side that often conceals the trump cards of success.

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