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Ronald Schouten, MD, JD

Dr. Ronald Schouten is the author of Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?  He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Schouten is a former attorney who left the practice of law to pursue a career in medicine. His work focuses on forensic psychiatry, which is the application of clinical psychiatry to legal matters. In his career, he has assessed murderers, as well as victims and perpetrators of child abuse, domestic violence and other trauma. He has special expertise in the areas of threat assessment, including insider threat and violence in the workplace, as well as occupational behavioral health and professional misconduct. His professional activities range from teaching Harvard undergraduates to advising multinational corporations and government agencies. Dr. Schouten is a widely recognized expert in forensic psychiatry and has been interviewed by prestigious national media outlets including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  He has authored and coauthored over 60 professional publications on a range of medical and legal topics.

Grandiosity and exaggerated self-worth. Pathological lying. Manipulation. Lack of remorse. Shallowness. Exploitation for financial gain. These are the qualities of Almost Psychopaths. They are not the deranged criminals or serial killers that might be coined “psychopaths” in the movies or on TV. They are spouses, coworkers, bosses, children, neighbors, and people in the news who exhibit many of the same behaviors as a full-blown psychopath, but with less intensity and consistency.

In Almost a Psychopath, Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, and James Silver, JD, draw on scientific research and their own experiences to help readers identify symptoms of subclinical psychopathy and guide them to interventions and resources to change behavior.

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