Martha Stout

Martha Stout

Martha Stout is an American psychologist and author.

She completed her professional training in psychology at the McLean Psychiatric Hospital and obtained her Ph.D. at Stony Brook University. She served on the clinical faculty of the Harvard Medical School for over twenty-five years and also served on the academic faculties of The New School for Social Research, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and Wellesley College.[1] She has written several books on psychology that appeal to the popular market, including The Sociopath Next Door, The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness, and The Paranoia Switch: How Fear Politics Rewires Our Brains and Reshapes Our Behavior and How We Can Reclaim Our Courage.

In her book The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us, she advises developing an awareness of the nature of anti-social behavior in order to avoid becoming its victim and proposes thirteen rules as self-help guidelines to assessing relationships and behavior for these characteristics, as well as offering advice on handling situations when one encounters the behavior. She provides the first modern psychological definition of conscience, and clarifies the sustaining nature of conscience in human life.

Stout currently is in private practice as a clinical psychologist in Boston and resides on Cape Ann, Massachusetts.[2]


  • The Myth of Sanity
  • The Paranoia Switch
  • The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us

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