Sociopath - Patric Gagne


By Patric Gagne

  • Release Date: 2024-04-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 41 Ratings)


Named a most anticipated book of 2024 by Vulture, LitHub, The Guardian, and Cosmopolitan

A fascinating, revelatory memoir revealing the author’s struggle to come to terms with her own sociopathy and shed light on the often maligned and misunderstood mental disorder.

Patric Gagne realized she made others uncomfortable before she started kindergarten. Something about her caused people to react in a way she didn’t understand. She suspected it was because she didn’t feel things the way other kids did. Emotions like fear, guilt, and empathy eluded her. For the most part, she felt nothing. And she didn’t like the way that “nothing” felt.

She did her best to pretend she was like everyone else, but the constant pressure to conform to a society she knew rejected anyone like her was unbearable. So Patric stole. She lied. She was occasionally violent. She became an expert lock-picker and home-invader. All with the goal of replacing the nothingness with...something.

In college, Patric finally confirmed what she’d long suspected. She was a sociopath. But even though it was the very first personality disorder identified—well over 200 years ago—sociopathy had been neglected by mental health professionals for decades. She was told there was no treatment, no hope for a normal life. She found herself haunted by sociopaths in pop culture, madmen and evil villains who are considered monsters. Her future looked grim.

But when Patric reconnects with an old flame, she gets a glimpse of a future beyond her diagnosis. If she’s capable of love, it must mean that she isn’t a monster. With the help of her sweetheart (and some curious characters she meets along the way) she embarks on a mission to prove that the millions of Americans who share her diagnosis aren’t all monsters either.

This is the inspiring story of her journey to change her fate and how she managed to build a life full of love and hope.


  • Loved the title

    By ANegreanu
    Amazing! First book on sociopathy that truly made it easier to understand. I’ve always been confused with sociopathy compared to psychopathy and she really killed it! 👍🏽
  • A memoir like no other

    By Sawyer the dog's mom
    A fascinating memoir of a remarkable woman shedding light on the deficits of mental health care through her lifelong journey as a sociopath integrating in society on her own terms and pursuing as satisfying a life as possible. While extremely candid, at times, it seemed personal anecdotes were highly edited and glossy. Without spoilers, she labels certain acts she commits during her life as criminal but as some are described in her memoir, they would not actually be. It leads me to believe there was a lot unsaid in these personal stories for the sake of not truly incriminating herself and losing the sympathy of her readers, wholly her perrogative as author. This memoir evokes a different lens through which is typically viewed of sociopaths. Less fearful and more personal. I couldnt put it down.