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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced, but excellent!, July 10, 2007
This review is from: The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain (Paperback)
The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain is the latest research on psychopaths. While it is not as accessible as Robert Hare's work (Without Conscience, Snakes in Suits), it is an in depth and lucid account of the latest studies on psychopathic individuals.

Specifically, Blair et al., demonstrate that "Antisocial Personality Disorder" is not a synonym for psychopathy. Most antisocials are NOT psychopathic. This is perhaps the most important point made in this book. Psychopathy is a genetic, biologically determined disorder that affects emotional makeup.

Blair et al.'s work provides an excellent background for other works, like Andrew Lobaczewski's Political Ponerology, which describes the larger effects psychopaths have on society, especially when in positions of political power. The new research only confirms what Lobaczewski and his colleagues learned generations ago under the Polish Communist regime.

If you have a handle on psychological terminology, and want to learn something TRUE about psychopaths, check out these books.
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Initial post: Aug 8, 2012 7:37:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 8, 2012 7:39:19 AM PDT
RONALD AMON says:
I realize that the current "answer dujour" is....biological. However, it is disappointing that apparently there is no consideration of psychoanalytic causes. If you are raised without love, treated badly by significant others during the formative years of development you will reflect this attitude to others all of whom will be interpreted as being as uncaring as those you depended, as a helpless child.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 4:13:27 AM PDT
Sally says:
Your assumption that all who are 'raised without love' will reflect this to others is false. These unfortunates may just as well desire to give and receive what their background lacked. After all, just because children were raised in orphanages, to take an extreme example, doesn't mean they become psycopaths! Read 'Political Ponerology' for an informative explanation Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes). Some have followed this path - Give to others the love you never received.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2016 12:17:42 PM PST
Lita Perna says:
What you describe CAN (rarely) lead to Antisocial Personality Disorder which is not the same as psychopathy (psychopath) which is not even in the DSM, the 'bible' of diagnosis for mental health professionals.
There is a biological basis for psychopathic disorders.

I agree with Sally. More than a bad environment is needed to create a psychopath...and many psychopaths come from very fine environments

You may also want to read, "Before It's Too Late".
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