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Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; Library - Unabridged CD edition (Aug. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452634092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452634098
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

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.

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The word psychopath conjures up visions of the horrific deeds of Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer for most people. But not all murderers are psychopaths and not all psychopaths are murderers. Psychopathy is a complex personality disorder whose most prevalent characteristic is lack of remorse and whose cause and cure are still unknown. Unlike Hare's previous writings, geared to professional clinicians and researchers, this title attempts to clarify psychopathy for the general public. Hare is a recognized expert in the field of psychopathy, and whereas the content here is good and the explanations accessible to lay readers, the presentation is choppy and repetitious. Owing to interest in the more famous psychopaths, this book will probably be popular in public libraries. Although it is by no means scholarly, academic libraries may consider it because of the author's expertise. Another book to consider is Herve Cleckley's classic, The Mask of Insanity (Cleckley, 1988).
- Jennifer Amador, Central State Hosp. Medical Lib., Petersburg, Va.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Grey on Nov. 13 2007
Format: Paperback
It is becoming more and more important to be able to identify the psychopath. Why? Because these predators are the ones ultimately running our governments, religions and corporations. Dr. Hare's book is not only easy to read, but has very important information on how psychopaths think and act, two ways to identify them. His findings have been used by many other psychologists in identifying psychopaths; Dr Stout and Dr. Cleckley to name just two of them.

He shows how easily one can be conned by these people. Which is why we need to read all the information that we can. And this book is loaded with information that you can use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. willard on Dec 17 2001
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I picked up this book as a prosecutor asked to commit someone as a psychopathic personality.
Not knowing the first thing about psychopathy and the fact that such a committment is indefinate, I searched for guidance; because I did not want to unjustly start this procedure.
What I read in Dr. Hare's book gave me a very good idea of what a psychopath is without examining the checklist he developed. It also gave me insight into how psychopaths permiate our capitalistic society and rise to the top unimpeded. I also learned that some people actually have physcial reations to psychopaths and that is what I had been feeling since I was little when someone gave me the feeling of danger.
Dr. Hare was able to brilliantly write this book that appeals to someone with little or no knowledge of psychology and also those who desire more detail. The stories of interactions with real psychopaths was very informative and shocking. I believe this is a must read for anyone who does not want to become victim to a psychopath. They are smart, clever, brilliant actors, savvy body cue readers and pathological lyers. They are scary, scary preditors and they are in disguise.
Save yourself this book. They are out there looking for you. Yes the person I was asked to commit was a sexual psychopath and was committed. After reading the book, I knew more of what to look for in his behavior and demeanor and how to choose an expert who would properly and neutrally examine him with the requisite qualifications.
Waiting for Dr. Hare's next book with excitement!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aeneas on Nov. 6 2007
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Highly recommended to read. Hare deals with the serious subject of psychopathy in a thorough way and covers all the essentials. Throughout the text the subject matter is illustrated by many examples from real life, which makes it easier to understand.

The disturbing fact is that about 1 out of 25 people is a psychopath and most of them do not end up in jail or mental institutions. On the contrary they climb the corporate ladder, become politicians or just simply con or defraud ordinary people without getting caught.

Best protection is to understand about psychopathy and how psychopaths operates in our midst.

Read it along with these other complimentary books on the subject: "In sheeps clothing", "The sociopath next door", "Political Ponerology" and "The Mask of Sanity".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on March 9 2001
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The human mind is fascinating, complex, intricate and powerful. In my psychology studies and years as a counsellor, I have encountered individuals with a vast array of socio, economic and mental problems. Nothing has perplexed and intrigued me more than the mind of a psychopath.
Robert Hare is accurate in his statement, "Not all psychopaths are criminals and not all crimals are psychopaths." We know that many psychopaths have certain emotional/interpersonal traits in common, just as we understand that they are predators with the ability to lie, charm and manipulate, like serial killers John Wayne Gacy and the "typical nice guy next door," Ted Bundy. They know right from wrong but have no conscience or remorse for their actions, and are able, if only in their own minds, to justify what they do, and why they do it. Are psychopaths truly born, or do childhood events cause them to be who they are? For all the studies and research that has been undertaken, we still have so much more to learn. The reality is, since psychopaths "tend to blend in with the rest of society," most of us have or will encounter a psychopath at some point and time in our lives. How will be know? In many cases we simply will not know, at least not before it is too late. There are signs and signals that the author brings to our attention that will provide insight on how to recognize psychopathic behaviour and how we can protect ourselves.
Robert Hare helps us to understand the mind of a psychopath based on 25 years of scientific research. This is the most extensive book I have encountered on this topic, short of a textbook, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the study of the psychopathic mind.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Renaissance on May 28 2002
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As a person with an isatiable appetite for true crime and criminal psychology books i must give this book my highest regards. I dont think there is hardly a person alive who could not benifit from reading this book. Alot of laymen that i come across have the mistaken impression that the term "psychopath" translates into "serial killer". Although this is what might be inferred by popular media (e.g- movies like Psycho or the less known movie Psychopath) it is not the case. In this book, Hare (one of the most respected authorities on Psychopathy and aruguably the most knowledgable in the world) explains that serial murderers are the rarest expressions of psychopathic disturbance. Much more likely than encountering a serial killer he explains, is an encounter with a savvy, smooth talking con artist. One out to use charm, manipulation and agression to control and exploit his fellow man. Goals for this behavior include sex, money, material posessions or occupations. Hare explains not only why psychopaths are highly inclined to commit crimes but what makes psychopathic criminals different than thier "sane" counterparts. He also gives specific descriptions of the symtoms that define the disorder. To sum it up, this book will fascinate, shock, educate and even scare its readers. From psychology students, to liscensed practitioners, to true crime fans, to those involed in any aspect of the criminal justice system or even to those who have no previous interest in the subject this book is a must have. THESE PEOPLE LIVE AMONG US. They are out there in the millions. If we ever hope to make it out unscathed we must know our enemy.Read more ›
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