The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the DarkSide of the Brain, James Fallon




For the first fifty-eight years of his life James Fallon was by all appearances a normal guy. A successful neuroscientist and medical school professor, he’d been raised in a loving, supportive 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 also would lead him to question the very nature of his own identity.

The Psychopath Inside tells the fascinating story of Fallon’s reaction to the discovery that he has the brain of a psychopath. While researching serial murderers, he uncovered a distinct neurological pattern in their brain scans that helped explain their cold and violent behavior. A few months later he learned that he was descended from a family with a long line of murderers, which hinted that Fallon’s own brain pattern wasn’t a fluke.

This is Fallon’s account of coming to grips with this discovery and its implications, especially the fact that humans are even more complex than we can imagine.