I’m excited to be the next stop on the League of Strays blog tour! Since October is Bullying Prevention Month, the release timing is perfect for this bully-themed book. Hopefully some teachers will adopt this book for their lesson plans because it’s a good one for class discussion.
Today author L.B. Schulman is sharing a bonus interview to help give some insight into Kade, one of the characters in the book. Kade likes to engage in the sport of revenge bullying, and I think this interview with his therapist gives you a pretty good idea of the type of guy Kade is.
Today we are interviewing Dr. Alison Rosenblatt, who was Kade Harlin’s therapist for the past five years. While she could not tell us specifics, due to client-doctor confidentiality, she was willing to share some insights into his condition with reporter Elizabeth Conran:
Dr. Rosenblatt, what’s the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath?
Sociologists, who believe that social factors have a strong link to the creation of this type of person, have, in the past, used the term “sociopath.” However, many psychologists now prefer the term “psychopath” because the origins of the condition are not known.
Do you think psychopaths are born the way they are?
Evidence now suggests that 50 percent of psychopathy traits are inherited.
Is there a higher percentage of psychopaths in jail?
Studies show that 15 to 20 percent of prisoners meet the criteria for psychopathy. Unfortunately, many people with the disorder end up in the prison system.
I read that 1 in 25 people are psychopaths. Is this true?
It’s closer to 1/150 or 1/200. The statistic 1 in 25 applies to those who meet the criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder. While most psychopaths have ASPD, most people with ASPD do not score high on a common test for psychopathy.
Are psychopaths equally divided among genders?
No. There is approximately one female psychopath for every ten male.
Is it possible to identify a psychopath?
Yes, but not without some knowledge and detective work. Psychopaths often come across as charming because they may be gregarious, disinhibited, and talkative; however, they often demonstrate callous behavior, egomania, guiltlessness, and deception. Sadly, they often prey on partners that they believe they can manipulate.
Thank you to Dr. Kent Kiehl, who is not a fictional character, for helping verify the accuracy and information contained within this interview. – L.B. Schulman
GIVEAWAY: After reading about Kade, you probably want to read the book now and see what mischief he’s up to. The publisher has some great prizes to giveaway, including a copy of the book. Here’s what you could win:
Included in the 5 League of Strays prize packages: 5 signed hardcover copies, a notebook and a set of multi-colored pens/highlighters.
Please note: The giveaway is open to US and UK residents only and you must be at least 13 years of age to enter.
To enter the giveaway please fill out the Rafflecopter form located here.
League of Strays is on sale now, so if you don’t win you can always pick up a copy at these locations:
And, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area make sure to stop by the book launch party tomorrow, October 13th @ 4pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera! If you can’t be there, you can still order a signed copy of the book from the store.