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Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us 1st Edition
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"Fascinating, chilling, and accurate....The world's most renowned psychopathy researcher has leavened sharp scientific insights with page-turning case descriptions in a rare publishing feat: a book that is both highly readable and highly reputable." --John Monahan, PhD
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- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781572304512
- ISBN-13 : 978-1572304512
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : The Guilford Press; 1st edition (January 8, 1999)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1572304510
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert D. Hare's "Without Conscience" is a chilling book. In his practice and research, he has developed the Psychopathy Checklist-- a tool that is reliable and valid with proper usage. Without Conscience argues that both genetics and environment play a role in the expression of psychopathy, but psychopaths are not created by poor parenting alone. However, a less violent environment will tend to produce less violent expressions of social deviance in psychopaths. Hare explores neuroscientific explanations for psychopathy, but answers from the literature (as of the latest edition of Without Conscience) are still not entirely clear. He argues that there is not necessarily frontal lobe damage in psychopaths, but there is absolutely a deficiency in prefrontal cortex functions in psychopaths (e.g. empathy, executive functioning, judgment, and planning). Further, there may be a link between decreased lateralization of verbal centers in the brain and psychopathy (more effort for the two lobes to communicate in two hemispheres versus one). This hypothesis of decreased brain lateralization may explain the disjointed, confabulated stories from psychopaths that only seem to make sense when the listener is "taken" with superficial charm and emoting (with exaggerated hand and facial expressions).
These "nature AND nurture" theories make sense, as genetics and other biological factors can play a strong role in the development of DSM conditions. Think about individuals who have experienced hardship yet manage not to lash out at others as a result. I feel conflicted regarding use of the term "psychopathy," but Hare asserts it is more serious than a diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder.
This book was written in the 90s and was based on the DSM-IV, yet still seems relevant today. Now that it is 2018 and the DSM has been revised to a fifth edition, I would love for Hare to update this book. Imagine potential sections on internet culture, more recent literature reviews on neuroscience, and further analysis of psychopath vs. non-psychopath crime statistics from Canada and the U.S. I do wonder how often the Psychopathy Checklist is used today, and if research still supports its validity and reliability. It seems like a valuable tool that should be used in many therapeutic settings (not just forensic).
As someone in the mental health field, I am truly reluctant to label individuals with such serious diagnoses. Today, clinicians are advised to diagnose personality disorders ONLY after extensive, specialized testing and a long period of time. Hare advocates for the diagnosis of psychopathy to protect potential victims, help make short-term changes in destructive individuals via specialized programs/early intervention, and remove blame from confused/frustrated/victimized spouses, parents, business partners, etc.
It is important to note that individuals sensitive to strong content may want to skip over some sections. A few anecdotes on violent individuals are quite disturbing/graphic. Both men and women can do the unthinkable. Prognosis for psychopathy is poor as of this latest edition. Hare advises parents with minor children (suspected of psychopathy) to try their best with specialists. With other potential psychopaths, Hare recommends walking away, self-protective measures and damage control.
As an aside, I will note that this book pairs well with other works on psychology (Why Does He DO That? By Lundy Bancroft, The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans, George K. Simon's work, Tracy Schorn's book/Chump Lady blog, resources from the Domestic Violence Hotline, and more). One does not have to be a psychopath to treat others poorly. Regardless of diagnoses, victims of such treatment are not to blame. If you suspect someone in your life is not treating you with the respect you deserve, you do not have to set yourself on fire to keep the person warm. Someone can do violent, mean, terrible things (maybe not to the degrees described in this book), yet still be in great psychological pain. Those who want help will often seek help.
She was a very attractive women and while traveling for business almost every week it was discovered later that she would have sex with just about anyone. At 60 she looked 40 and her next victim was a 40 year old attorney. By the time she picked her new victim after 16 years with me, I had lost a Florida beach house and close to one million in savings. That does not include the gifts of valuable items over the years. Discovered later that she lost all of the jewelry because it held no value to her, it was just a reminder of the control she had over me.
Read this book. I came out alive barely. My depression is gone. I can't even believe how much control she had over me and the level of manipulation I experienced.
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It would be great to get an updated read of this work which details the advancements we have made in understanding psychopathy over the past 20 years, particularly in relation to DSM-V (psychopathic traits in antisocial personality and narcissistic personality) and arguments around the differentiation between sociopathy and psychopathy. Psychopathy alone is not a standalone diagnostic criteria but this personality trait is common in many characters, including highly successful people as Hare illustrates. Like all personality traits, it also exists on a spectrum. I feel the book perhaps erroneously suggests "psychopathy" is something you can go out and get diagnosed with, but although one might score high on Hare's checklist, this is not a medical diagnosis. I think it is important to be clear about this as much misinformation and "pop psych" nonsense exists on this topic online.
Hare also assumes much about the internal world of the psychopath but does not detail how he makes these assumptions. Although the defense mechanisms of a psychopath could be "rock solid", it is impossible to conclude what an individual person is experiencing behind these. Or conversely, if there is a neurobiological basis for the absence of empathy which we now know can be the case for those who have developed without a good enough childhood environment.
All in all, a good book, which appears impressive but on closer scrutiny does have some problematic areas. I would love to get an updated version.
Psychology books, journal articles can be quite heavy going and sometimes the jargon used can throw you off. This book was well written and aimed at not just psychology students or professionals but anyone that may have an interest in this topic in general. True crime fanatics also!
I highly recommend, and if you're wanting to sink in your teeth to more, the guy has studied this topic for a long time and has many research you can look into and read about.