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

Robert D. Hare Ph.D. , Paul Boehmer
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Aug. 22 2011
Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets.

Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Man Knows His Stuff Dec 17 2001
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 pain...read 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Read Nov. 13 2007
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book. Truly a layman's guide into Hare's ...
A fascinating book. Truly a layman's guide into Hare's theories.
Hare warns against diagnosis by non-experts but I recognized several of my colleagues in the example... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gordon Tebbutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational
I learned a lot from this book and I am very grateful that it exists. Thanks to the writer and researchers for creating this book.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer A Soucie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Good book and gives a really interesting look on how to deal with this difficult issue. Would recommend it for a wide variety of situations but especially for the corporate world -... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kim A. McCaveney
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Education is Your Protection
I was raised to believe that a loving God made every being equal even as I was taught about the devil. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars World renown psychopathy researcher
Robert D. Hare shares from his lifelong research the disturbing traits and characteristics of those who have no conscience - to help those with consciences.
Published 5 months ago by J. Gean Hemming
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think...
An interesting book that will have you re-evaluating your friends and relationships, wondering which one is the psychopath among us!
Published 7 months ago by Helen Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
No matter where you work, they are around us all. Psychopaths are not crazed lunatics like some movies like to portray. Read more
Published 7 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars really good book easy to understand
i really like this book, English isn't my first laguage and i can understand most of the words, im sure that even Canadian people have to google some words but the book its really... Read more
Published on June 21 2012 by adolfo.toronto
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to read
This was an excellent book to read especially if you are in contact or living with someone that has these traits. Read more
Published on March 21 2012 by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Listening to "Without Conscience"
After dealing with a psychopath, I was dazzled and still am. So I purchased this audiobook. I did Psychology as a major in my Bachelor of Arts degree many years ago. Read more
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