Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

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Do you know men or women who: live on the edge, often changing jobs, schools, relationships, and homes?; never feel guilt or shame - even when they are caught lying?; act cold and distant one moment and incredibly emotional the next?; lack empathy, and live for the moment without the slightest regard for the welfare of others?; scheme their way into money, power, and relationships? They may be psychopaths, individuals who move through life with supreme self-confidence - but without a conscience. It's often ...
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Overview

Do you know men or women who: live on the edge, often changing jobs, schools, relationships, and homes?; never feel guilt or shame - even when they are caught lying?; act cold and distant one moment and incredibly emotional the next?; lack empathy, and live for the moment without the slightest regard for the welfare of others?; scheme their way into money, power, and relationships? They may be psychopaths, individuals who move through life with supreme self-confidence - but without a conscience. It's often thrilling to be around one. It can be dangerous to love one, work with or live with one. Psychopaths have none of the hallmarks of mental illness: They act normal, but they're not....They are manipulative, dangerous individuals who live and work in our communities, often leaving behind a wake of broken hearts, empty wallets, and ruined lives. Sooner or later, everyone will encounter a psychopath.... When "Jane" and her charming new husband returned from a whirlwind trip to the Kentucky Derby - paid for with cash advances on her credit card - the weary bride lay down to take a nap. She refused a pill her doting mate offered her, and when she awoke he was gone. Suspicious, she called his grown daughter and was quickly warned: "Are you in a safe place? Now listen, my father has been married many times and some of the women have never been heard from again...you'd better get out of town." Pamela Smart, a 23-year-old former teacher in New Hampshire, had her husband killed by her teenage lover and an accomplice. A prosecution witness testified that she gave orders "not to kill Greg in front of the dog because it would traumatize the dog." In Canada, a man posing as an orthopedic surgeon performed numerous operations. When questions arose about his medical procedures, he skipped town, leaving behind a string of physically and mentally damaged patients. He also posed as a psychiatrist, a social worker, an undercover customs agent, and a police officer. He may now liv

"...a compelling portrait of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life...based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
After listening to this crash course in personality interpretation, listeners may find themselves suspicious of everyone who happens across their path on an ordinary day. Hare has spent years researching some of the greatest criminal psychopaths the world has ever known, and now he wants to show the general public how to spot them in a crowd. Paul Boehmer delivers a well-paced reading that allows the author’s work to speak for itself. His narration is unadorned and straightforward, without becoming dry or—pardon the pun—deadly serious. His reading does justice to the author’s years of hard work and makes for an engaging audiobook and a fascinating look at the dark side of life. A Guilford Press paperback. (Aug.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Nov.)
Library Journal
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.
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"A fascinating, if terrifying, look at psychopaths. . . . Hare makes a strong case for the view that psychopaths are born, not made. . . . A chilling, eye-opening report—-and a call to action." —-Kirkus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452604091
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/22/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Sales rank: 1,424,943
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert D. Hare, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and the first recipient of the R. D. Hare Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy.

Paul Boehmer graduated with a master's degree and was cast as Hamlet by the very stage actor who inspired his career path. He has worked on Broadway and extensively in regional theater, and has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek. Paul's love of literature and learning led him by nature to his work as a narrator for audiobooks, his latest endeavour.

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Table of Contents

Epigraph
Contents
Author's Note
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 "Experiencing" the Psychopath 8
2 Focusing the Picture 21
3 The Profile: Feelings and Relationships 33
4 The Profile: Lifestyle 57
5 Internal Controls: The Missing Piece 71
6 Crime: The Logical Choice 83
7 White-Collar Psychopaths 102
8 Words from an Overcoat Pocket 124
9 Flies in the Web 144
10 The Roots of the Problem 155
11 The Ethics of Labeling 180
12 Can Anything Be Done? 192
13 A Survival Guide 207
Epilogue 219
Notes 221
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