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Even though the world is governed by laws, human beings are able to be free. In fact, there is no difference between being genuinely free and having a distinctively human psychological architecture. But self-deception and rationalization can result in the replacement of actual beliefs with operational pseudo-beliefs. When this happens, the result is a sociopathic pseudo-person. The difference between a sociopath and a psychopath is that, whereas the sociopath once had a distinctively human psychological architecture, the psychopath never developed such an architecture to begin with. Thus, whereas the sociopath's personality is that of an ossified human, the psychopath has no real personality to speak of. What the psychopath lacks in the way of an actual identity, he replaces with narratives, the primary function of which is to give a semblance of cohesiveness to his otherwise gelatinous psyche, and a secondary function of which is to defraud others. But the psychopath's tendency to defraud others is merely a way of providing external reinforcement for his flimsy narrative-based faux-identity.
©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski
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By David on 09-25-16

Breathtaking

Would you listen to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy again? Why?

I have never encountered such virtuosity, such authorativeness in an author. It all comes together, like a Mozart symphony.

What did you like best about this story?

The way that the psychoanalytic discussions of Einhorn and Wittgenstein managed to unify all of the previous material.

Which scene was your favorite?

The discussion of Wittgenstein.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's too long for that, and it's too rich in information. Every sentence demands consideration.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has a friendly and relaxed tone, but he was not in his element here.

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By Linda on 09-30-16

medically accurate

Would you consider the audio edition of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy to be better than the print version?

Yes, because when you listen to it, you have to consider all of it. You can't skip through, which one has a tendency to do this sort of material, because it is so rich in emotional resonances and logical nuances.

What did you like best about this story?

the shrewd analyses of psychopathy, the careful psychoanalytic stage-setting that precede it

Have you listened to any of Mitchell Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

If you could give Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy a new subtitle, what would it be?

peeling away the mask of sanity

Any additional comments?

the author is uncannily knowledgeable, about many, many things. and what a writer! he is an inspired poet!

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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By Flossy on 09-27-16

utterly cogent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, deep, clear, thorough answers to questions that are seldom asked, but should be, and never answered

What was one of the most memorable moments of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the discussion of different kinds of mental illness

What about Mitchell Johnson’s performance did you like?

its morally centered quality

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the discussion of intentions

Any additional comments?

a tour de force

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Turner on 09-28-16

beyond good

Would you listen to Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy again? Why?

yes, very rich in information

What was one of the most memorable moments of Determinism, Freedom, Psychopathy?

the discussion of second-order desires

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mitchell Johnson?

maybe

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, it's six hours long

Any additional comments?

the author is great

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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