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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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This author is THE expert..We should all read this book.Published 22 days ago by Jacqueline Cashion
Having a sociopathic ex-husband, this makes fascinating reading. I just kept going "yes" and nodding my head in amazement at recognizing the traits shared by... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book by the man who literally formulated the test for psychopathy! Fascinating read!Published 28 days ago by Clara M. Fuller
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by William J. Kweder