The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test

By Jon Ronson

  • Release Date: 2011-06-03
  • Genre: Humour
Score: 4.5
From 159 Ratings
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What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.

Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . .

Combining Jon Ronson's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.


  • Amazing!

    By Kaliademe
    Absolutely amazing book! It's been a long time since I last found a book that would grasp my attention but this one has done a lot more than that! Gives a great insight into the world of psychiatry so anyone interested in the field should surely read this one!
  • The Pyschopath Test

    By Dander1
    A really interesting read. Very well written.
  • Excellent!!

    By NickNotMatthew
    This was my first read of Jon's work and found it brilliantly witty and amazingly well executed. It was an educational and comically captivating read, I defy anyone to to not thoroughly enjoy this book! It's a must for the most seasoned of people watchers such as my self.
  • Ms

    By Jakki C
    Absolutely fascinating read! Bought originally as interested in the idea that many CEO's are psychopaths (and many of my colleagues advocated I read it due to our thoughts about our CEO....). Anyway the book was so much more than this, truly interesting and thought provoking and at times disturbing. Having worked in mental health for 18years this tapped into an existing interest of mine but even if you've never thought much about mental health/psychopathy before I would still strongly suggest you read this. Fab book and my first read of Jon Ronson but will definitely look into more of his work!
  • Fantastic!

    By iamabes
    A truly fascinating book, it makes you look at your friends, your colleagues, your family, and yourself in a different light. This story gives an insight, in some parts frighteningly so, into the world of psychiatry and psycopathy, but also helps you realise you're probably okay! Highly recommended.
  • Unbelievable

    By Jmc2009
    This book, I have to admit, literally sucked me in. I ended up walking 4 tube stops most nights so I could read it, that in itself sounds a little psychopathic. Great book, great insights and fantastically written.
  • The Psychopath Test

    By donaldo123
    If you ever wondered why you sometimes worry at night that someone might climb through a window and murder your children, this book might just provide some answers. The Psychopath test is at once fascinating, funny, terrifying, and reassuring. It brings a level of understanding one never really expects to achieve about how unspeakable crimes that baffle non-psychos come to pass. Ronson's personal journey through the world of psychopaths, and those around them, makes a compelling story.