The Psychopath Inside

A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

by James Fallon

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  • 9781591846000
  • 9781101603925
“Compelling, essential reading for understanding the underpinnings of psychopathy.” — M. E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath

For his first fifty-eight years, James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and professor, he’d been raised in a loving family, married his high school sweetheart, and had three kids and lots of friends. Then he learned a shocking truth that would not only disrupt his personal and professional life, but would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity.


While researching serial killers, he uncovered a pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. Astonishingly, his own scan matched that pattern. And a few months later he learned that he was descended from a long line of murderers. Fallon set out to reconcile the truth about his own brain with everything he knew as a scientist about the mind, behavior, and personality.


  • Penguin Publishing Group; October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781101603925
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  • Title: The Psychopath Inside
  • Author: James Fallon
  • Imprint: Portfolio
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  • 9781591846000
  • 9781101603925

In The Press

“As comprehensive as it is compelling, essential reading for understanding the genetic and neuroscience underpinnings of psychopathy.”—M. E. THOMAS, author of Confessions of a Sociopath

“Just the word ‘psychopath’ is enough to grab anyone’s attention and it has inspired numerous TV shows and films for many decades. In truth, I believe the word itself does little to wrap its arms around the infinite behavioral traits psychopaths pos­sess, for good and bad. Fallon lets us inside his mind as he takes us on a deftly woven journey, breaking down every convention of psychopathic behavior.”—SIMON MIRREN, former executive producer of Criminal Minds
“Absorbing, insightful and quirky”–Kirkus

“His surprising final diagnosis could broaden the way we see normality.”–Nature


About The Author

James Fallon is an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, where he has taught for thirty-five years. He lives in Irvine, CA.

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ISBNs
  • 9781591846000
  • 9781101603925