Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

Paperback | January 8, 1999

byRobert D. HareEditorRobert D. Hare

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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--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.

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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 ful...

Robert D. Hare, PhD,has conducted influential research on psychopathy for over 25 years. Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and the developer of one of the world’s most widely used tools for assessing psychopathy, Dr. Hare is the author of over 100 professional articles and several books. In recognition of the enormous impact that his work on psychopathy has had worldwide,...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 8, 1999Publisher:Guilford Publications

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ISBN - 10:1572304510

ISBN - 13:9781572304512

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must Read This book is amazing, intriguing, informative and full of suspense. It is definitely worth the money !!
Date published: 2014-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Academic approach to a fascinating subject explained in layman's terms Dr Hare, an academic explores in simply terms the concept of psychopathy's in our midst. All of us likely either have work or played in their wake. The books helps us identify these individuals and outlines an effective approach one should take to protect themselves.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended Dr. Hare is one of the world’s leading experts on psychopathy. This book uncovers the shocking reality of the prevalence of psychopathy in our society. It provides an in-depth perspective into the psychopathic mind and world. This book is a must-have for all adult audiences. It will especially appeal to those who have an interest in criminal profiling. If you enjoyed Clecky’s “Mask of Sanity”, you’ll love “Without Conscience”.
Date published: 2000-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from look over your shoulder Hare, a criminologist from Vancouver BC, takes the reader on an ever increasingly uneasy journey through the world of those amongst us who could be diagnosed as psychopaths - persons without the usual depth of human feelings, especially guilt and fear. We learn how easily the kind hearted and lonely are picked out by these human predators. We see how they mimic the more usual human emotions so as to appear invisible, but we also see how these people can wreck havoc emotionally, financially and physically amongst those they prey on. Although Hare is a tad concrete at times, it is a good read for anyone perplexed by the seeming indifference of a loved one.
Date published: 2000-06-23

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. "Experiencing" the Psychopath
2. Focusing the Picture
3. The Profile: Feelings and Relationships
4. The Profile: Lifestyle
5. Internal Controls: The Missing Piece
6. Crime: The Logical Choice
7. White-Collar Psychopaths
8. Words from an Overcoat Pocket
9. Flies in the Web
10. The Roots of the Problem
11. The Ethics of Labeling
12. Can Anything Be Done?
13. A Survival Guide
Epilogue