Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

Without Conscience The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us 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 flagr

  • Title: Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
  • Author: Robert D. Hare
  • ISBN: 9781572304512
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 perMost 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 and they do not always ply their trade by killing 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.

    Without Conscience The Disturbing World of the 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. Robert Hare s Page for the Study of Psychopaths Welcome to Without Conscience Robert Hare s Web Site devoted to the study of Psychopathy Conservatives Without Conscience John W Dean Conservatives Without Conscience John W Dean on FREE shipping on qualifying offers On the heels of his national bestseller Worse Than Watergate , John Dean takes a critical look at the current conservative movement In Conservatives Without Conscience Welcome to Robert Hare s Web Site Welcome to Without Conscience the website devoted to the study of psychopathy These pages represent the efforts by Dr Robert D Hare and his associates, colleagues and students in studying forensic psychology here in Canada and around the world. Seven Social Sins Seven Social Sins is a list that was first uttered in a sermon delivered in Westminster Abbey on March , by an Anglican priest named Frederick Lewis Donaldson.He originally referred to it as the Deadly Social Evils It s a common misconception that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the origin of this list as he published the same list in his weekly newspaper Young India on October Conscience Conscience is a cognitive process that elicits emotion and rational associations based on an individual s moral philosophy or value system Conscience stands in contrast to elicited emotion or thought due to associations based on immediate sensory perceptions and reflexive responses, as in sympathetic central nervous system responses In common terms, conscience is often described as leading Contents WITHOUT CONSCIENCE The psychologist who was my predecessor had left a small library in the office It consisted mainly of books on psychological tests, such as PTypes Antisocial Personality Disorder Criteria Antisocial Personality Disorder Personality disorder is a matter of false judgments of value Listed below are the false value judgments that are at the root of Antisocial Personality Disorder. Making a Good Confession The Light Is On For You How to Make a Good Confession Going to Confession The penitent and the priest begin with the sign of the Cross, saying In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Pharmacist Conscience Clauses Laws and Information Health providers can generally refusal services based on personal beliefs Also known as conscience clauses, these protections were first enacted in response to the United States Supreme Court s decision in the Roe v Wade case, U.S Roe v Wade was the landmark decision

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    1. Since I keep obsessing about our new American president, trying to decide if the man is indeed a psychopath or merely an elite narcissist, I thought perhaps I should seek out an authoritative book on the subject. Although it is too old to include cutting edge research (twenty-two years old, to be exact), I believe Without Conscience is as close as I will come to a definitive popular treatment. This is because it was written by Robert D. Hare.So who is Robert D. Hare? He is the Canadian psycholog [...]

    2. Dr. Robert Hare: This book is about psychopathsSarah: With hearts of gold?DRH: No, they're pretty heartless, actually.Sarah: Because they need love?DRH: No. They're clinical psychopaths.Sarah: Aw. They must be so sad.DRH: Not really.Sarah: So, basically, what you're saying here isey'll change? I can change them?DRH: You're an unbelievable idiot.Sarah: I love you. Call me!But seriouslyI do kinda wish this book had gone into a bit more depth: psychopathy as a neurological state, psychopathy as a p [...]

    3. Moral of the story 1: No hope for psychopaths.Moral of the story 2: No hope for me if I get involved with a psychopath.

    4. I really enjoyed listening to this one. The author would make a statement, then provide numerous examples. Totally debunked my idea of a psychopath. Psychopaths lack empathy, but are experts at covering this flaw. While most are not killers, those that are, are the ones we hear most about as their lack of empathy leads to the most grizzly of murders. Most psychopaths are world class con artists tricking even the best psychiatrists. While there is no single test, what I found the most interesting [...]

    5. I was watching Doctor Who yesterday, and the Doctor, ever the optimist, said something like, “people are good, down in their bones”.Well.Nice thought.What about the psychopaths, though?In Without Conscience, Robert Hare posits that there are some 2million psychopaths in the United States (and approximately 20% of the prison population is comprised of psychopaths). It’s something that doesn’t necessarily correlate with childhood abuse; some people are just bad, down in their bones. Of cou [...]

    6. Ok, disclaimer first. I'm not a PHD or MD, I've not taken advanced classes in sociology, psychiatry, biology, or anything similar. I'm just a reader with an amateur interest in the various aspects of the human psyche.That said, "Utterly Chilling" is the best way I can describe this book. Take what you know about "Psychopaths", and add an extra level of creepiness, and you still haven't reached the zenith yet.A fascinating, engrossing read about a truly disturbing subject. While this book isn't q [...]

    7. For anyone who ever studied Forensic Psychology, Hare is a God and nothing less. Him and Cleckley are the first ever mentioned in relation to psychopathy and its clinical measurement or diagnosis, as well as any treatment possibility. I loved every second of this book, not just because it provided me with so much insight into different psychopathic killers that I already knew of, but because it provides statistical data and studies of different crimes that can be done by psychopaths, how their m [...]

    8. Oh, you gotta read this. Excellent descriptions and explanation of psychological method. Horrifying interviews. I've met these people and you have, too. On the downside, ain't nuthin we can do about it. Except pack heat, maybe.

    9. Dr. Robert Hare has a theory he calls "psychopathy," that he uses to describes anyone whose behavior doesn't conform to his standards. He has tried for years to get it into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the psychiatrists' and psychologists' main reference work. Its editors have rejected Dr. Hare's proposition as being too vague. Still, people will read this and think that their landlord or the guy next to them on the bus is a psychopath. I have read many useful psychological evaluation [...]

    10. Los psicópatas son depredadores que encandilan, manipulan y se abren camino en la vida sin piedad, dejando una larga estela de corazones rotos, expectativas arruinadas y billeteras vacías. Me dio risa esa frase xD. Si prestamos demasiada atención a los ejemplos más brutales y llamativos, corremos el riesgo de no ver el cuadro completo: los psicópatas que no asesinan pero que están presentes en nuestras vidas. Creo que todo el mundo debería estar informado sobre este tema, la gente cree po [...]

    11. Psychopathy is NOT insanity. Psychopaths are not all criminals, nor in jail - they are in fact sprinkled throughout the population, and almost EVERYONE has interacted with at least one. There are far MORE of them rolling around than one might think. These are some of the revelations that overturned my preconceived notions. A diagnosis of psychopathy is actually an ironclad diagnosis of SANity- one who knows exactly what they are doing, but doesn't care how it affects another. Very chilling. The [...]

    12. This was not a very good book. Having listened to several audiobooks about psychopaths, notably Martha Stout's The Sociopath Next Door and Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test, I think the lesson learned here is that journalists are better writers than academics.Criminal psychologist Robert Hare is famous for having devised the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which is referenced several times by Stout and Ronson. However, in this book he spends entirely too much time talking about how much research he's [...]

    13. I don't regret reading (actually listening) to this book, but I am glad I am finished. A psychopath is born that way and will probably always be that way and will make your life hell. No hopeful treatment options offered. The best the author could do was offer advice on how to spot psychopathic behavior and avoid becoming ensnared in their manipulation.The author uses this book as a platform for promoting the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, a tool for diagnosing psychopathy. Setting aside the comple [...]

    14. Scary book, but one that may be of some help should we ever fall prey to a psychopath in our lives. Psychopaths are probably hard-wired that way from birth which is why treatment (at least so far) cannot change them. They have distinct characteristics in common with each other and Dr. Hare and his colleagues have created a test to determine whether or not any given individual is actually a psychopath, one of which is an amazing ability to "read" unsuspecting persons, discover their weaknesses an [...]

    15. How must you live your life?With compassion, many say. Love one another. The golden rule. But this is on the presumption that we are all the same, and that it’ll just take an epiphany or some religious quotes for some erring people to mend their ways and return to the civilised fold. No, this book says. There are many who do not have empathy at all. You get a cute, little kitten and you smash it to death with a hammer and those watching—cat lovers or not—would express horror with what you [...]

    16. The problem with this book can perhaps be blamed on Hare's acknowledgement in his preface:i would like to thank () and Suzanne Lipsett for showing me how to convert technical material into readable prose. Yes, it's quite readable (thanks to Suzanne?) but altogether too anecdotal throughout 3/4 or more of the book. Hare is one of the leading experts on psychopathy, so the semi dumbed-down tone of the book and countless examples of psychopathic behavior taken from popular sources (true crime cases [...]

    17. An excellent analysis of the much-misunderstood problem that is variously called antisocial personality disorder, sociopathy, or psychopathy, by the clinician who developed the best and most used test to diagnose this condition, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. Dr. Hare explains what it means to be a sociopath or to be stuck dealing with one, what makes them tick and what to expect from them. Knowledge is power, and the information in this book makes it possible to recognize sociopathic people mu [...]

    18. Hope that Dr. Hare would prepare ten minutes UTube to let everyone know how to recognize psychopaths before they ruin our marriages, homes and businesses. Too much complements and eyes of the snake predator are the best warning signs.I wish I knew that before.

    19. Listened to in audio format.Without conscience was fascinating but deeply disturbing at the same time. I always knew that psychopaths were not necessarily serial killers but 'ordinary' people you could meet anytime without realising it.Without conscience included case studies from former patients which were truly terrifying. There was the sweet blonde hair blue eyed little girl who tried to Kill her baby brother. The prisoner who offered to service the authors car and then deliberately broke the [...]

    20. Robert D. Hare's book is well-written and elegantly structured, achieving a balance between being comprehensible and informative to the layman while still being enlightening to those with a depth of knowledge in the field of psychopathy -- largely because it gathers together a comprehensive look at this mysterious disorder.The first chapter, "Experiencing the Psychopath," brings together anecdotes and excerpts from case studies about what it is like to encounter a psychopath, while chapter 2, "F [...]

    21. I decided to step outside my typical reading pattern and read this book about Psychopaths. Overall, it provides a clear overview of Psychopathy, its symptoms, and its devastating impacts. Perhaps more interesting to me, were the implications psychopaths had on ethical theories, law, justice, and religious teachings. Psychopaths are not well in-tuned to their emotions. As such, their world of right and wrong is determined by what they can get away with and what they cannot. It has no ethical foun [...]

    22. It’s in a everyone’s interest to learn about the people in society who take more out of it than any other group – who take and take, in fact, and never give anything back but grief and pain.Among us these people dwell, devoid of conscience and probably born that way. This book identifies the traits of psychopaths and explores their thinking. It's an early study, introducing us to the subject as it was understood by the 90's. It gives advice on how to recognize and protect oneself from a ps [...]

    23. Without Conscience provides a thorough examination of the condition of psychopathy. Written by Robert Hare, a pioneer and authority of the field, the book is held in high regard by other professionals, and yet is easily understood by the layman.The book explores psychopathy through numerous case studies, most drawn from the criminal world, and also presents the Psychopathy Checklist, the primary diagnostic tool used to assess the disorder. The book also explores issues of personal significance t [...]

    24. This book was written in 1993 I have seen some more recent research on psychopaths and how their brains actually process information and emotions differently on an MRI/CT scan. BUT having said this this book really good description behavioral information about psychopathsI especially liked how Dr. Hare describes psychopaths as seeing themselves as the real victims, and their convoluted thinking mechanisms that they use to explain this belief to others.Near the end of the book he explains why the [...]

    25. conclusionirrelevante"Creo que recomendaría este libro a quien ya teniendo unas nociones preliminares del fenómeno, quisiera profundizar en lo que ya sabe del mismo. Esto es tanto como recomendar mi plan de acción, lo cual, dicho así, suena un poco prepotente, pero es justo lo ocurrido al hacer el viaje desde la obra de Ronson a la obra de Hare. Sin embargo, tengo que decir que disfruté más de la lectura de "¿Es usted un psicópata?" Sencillamente me lo pasé mejor. Por lo que recomendar [...]

    26. Okay, maybe you have to be a psychologist to appreciate this, but I thought it was fascinating. Wait: No, I don't think you have to be a psychologist to appreciate this -- it's just fascinating how nasty and evil people can be! If this kind of thing intrigues you (all you people out there who like to read about real-life serial killers, this is for you!), then don't hesitate to pick up. Again, fascinating!

    27. Not the first book I've read on this subject. It probably won't be the last. When I first read the numbers on psychopaths and/or sociopaths among us I found it more than a little disturbing. This book (Professor Hare) does a good job of laying out the condition and describing "what it is". He is noted for developing the "Psychopathy Checklist", considered the surest way to diagnose a psychopath. He discusses the difference in Psychopathy and sociopathy (something I hadn't clearly grasped even th [...]

    28. Is an interesting book actually! The author suggest that psychopathy is actually a biological deficiency that affects the way you develop as a child in the womb and makes a faulty connection or something in the brain that affects the ability to understand human emotions. As he said it, as far as criminality and all of that, it depends on the way a child is raised A child who is poorly raise and lives in poverty and violence or has the same early life experiences as any other common criminal will [...]

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