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"Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets. Completely lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please..." In Without Conscience Robert Hare argues convincingly that "psychopath" and "antisocial personality disorder" (a psychiatric term defined by a cluster of criminal behaviors) are not the same thing. Not all psychopaths are criminals, he says, and not all criminals are psychopaths. He proposes a psychopathy checklist that includes emotional/interpersonal traits such as glibness, grandiosity, lack of guilt, and shallow emotions, as well as social deviance traits such as impulsiveness, lack of responsibility, and antisocial behavior. His writing is lucid and illustrated with numerous anecdotes. The final chapter, "A Survival Guide," is especially recommended: as Hare writes, "Psychopaths are found in every segment of society, and there is a good chance that eventually you will have a painful or humiliating encounter with one." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This work of pop psychology merits attention because Hare has pioneered in the field of psychopathy, which is still in a formative state. Psychopaths, he asserts, are neither sociopaths nor psychotics but rather are people who are well aware of the difference between right and wrong and ignore the distinction. Additionally, they are egocentric and have no feelings of empathy, guilt or remorse. They view others as potential victims, and they leave a trail of unhappiness behind them in those who have succumbed to their deceitful manipulations. Whether nature or nurture underlies their aberration is still uncertain; they are almost impossible to treat, according to Hare, because they are convinced that they have no psychological or emotional problems. Although, as he notes, much of the literature on psychopathy is scientific, Hare here presents material in a form accessible to lay readers.
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VERY interesting book! My Master of Criminal Justice professor uses this book quite a bit in his teaching so I decided to buy it and I was not disappointed! Very cool!Published 5 days ago by -
Interesting and insightful book to help understand the motivations of people who transcend what should be natural tendencies, boundaries and emotions to help us do good towards... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Thankful
Dr. Hare has been studying psychopathology for many years and is an acknowledged authority on the subject. Surprisingly the study is still in its infancy around the world. Read morePublished 8 days ago by William J. Kweder
It's been one of those mornings you wish you could turn back the clock and not know. Not have seen. But I did see. And feel literally gutted -- have for the past couple hours. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Carpe Diem
Love this book! Engaging, exciting and informative! Took it on vacation over the summer and couldnt put it down. Great for those who love psychology and matters of the mind.Published 9 days ago by Chasity
This is a well-written book about psychopaths. They're not just serial killers; they could be anyone in society, which is pretty scary. Dr. Hare's findings are very insightful.Published 13 days ago by goth chick
Informative exploration of psychopathy; and scary too. If you aren't especially suspicious or paranoid about others Dr. Hare's book will recalibrate your self-assurance. Read morePublished 17 days ago by gunnerThrax