The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know

Looking out for the psycho in your life

by Jessica Fellowes and Kerry Daynes

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 14/06/2011

At some point or other we have all probably referred - perhaps flippantly - to a psycho ex or boss but it isn't always just a turn of phrase, there is a more significant truth that exists in everyday life. Indeed at some point, you will have come across someone who displays the key characteristics of a psychopath.

There is a continuum of psychopathy measured by a diagnostic checklist of behaviour know as Hare's Psychopathy Checklist. The scale ranges from 0 to 40 and anyone who measures 25 or over is classified as a psychopath. An astonishing 3% of the general population fall into this category.

The psycho in your life could be your boss, your teenage child, your blind date, the person who sits opposite you at work, your relation, your doctor or your lover. They could wear a smart suit or a tracksuit, they could be male or female, they might be a high-flying big earner or a mother of five living on benefits. What they will share is a cluster of emotional abnormalities and antisocial behaviours: they may be manipulative, have a superficial charm, show a lack of remorse or guilt, they will no doubt have a total lack of empathy, have an inability to feel revulsion, they'll take risks and have a lack of emotional range.

The Devil You Know will expain the psychology of psychopaths. It shows how these forms of behaviour - fairly harmless when found alone - can cluster together to form a potentially dangerous mix. As a society we are culturally led to believe that things are our own fault but this book shatters that myth in a very empowering, informative and entertaining way.
Popular psychology
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Jessica Fellowes

Jessica Fellowes is an author, journalist and public speaker, best known for her work as author of five official companion books to Downton Abbey, various of which have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists.

Former deputy editor of Country Life and columnist on the Mail on Sunday, she has written for publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Lady.

Jessica has spoken at events across the UK and US, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television. She lives happily in London and Oxfordshire with her family, an energetic Labradoodle and two chickens.

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