People who are easily titillated by vacuous sensationalistic prose will be thrilled by this book.
No - maybe in Guantanamo -
There is no narrator that could've improved this book.
I'd start on page one and cut out though the last page of the last chapter
Incredibly drawn out, boring, vacuous and sensationalist, I managed to listen to the book from beginning to end desperately hoping for some kind of payoff. Paralleling the desperadoes in love with their own "psychopath" desperately hoping for some meaningful change, there was indeed, no payoff. You'll have a lot more fun watching Dexter or Breaking Bad if you're interested in psychopathology rather than listening to the drab deliberations of a "scientist" whose conclusion is "psychopaths are bad, try to protect yourself from them. Here are some redundant examples" Please save your money or credits.
I'm not trying to be morbid, but since the new season of Dexter just started, Dr. Hare's research of psychopaths in "Without Conscience", is just terrifying because there are real serial killers among us. I was glued to my headset to this book because it was so fascinating.
Not only Robert Hare breaks down each mainstream serial killers, such as Jeffrey Dahmer and explaining his mind set of his justifications as being a psychopath, but Dr. Hare also gives normal like examples of children being a bad seed and going toward the wrong path by harming others and having no remorse.
It is obvious that most of us have a moral judgement from what is wrong and right, but in a psychopath there is no middle ground of being bad or good. It seems like that they cannot foresee the consequences of their action.
After reading Dr. Hare's research, I have come to a conclusion that there are some of us that our feeling is "null" and having zero value.
Audible: These banal questions for a review are horrible. Anyway, this book is certainly interesting - and the author is intelligent and thorough on the topic. However his constant digressions about "runaway juvenile violent crime" and "unprecedented criminality" painting a picture of an epidemic of psychopathy are neither accurate or honest.
Perhaps the original mid-90s publishing date can excuse this, but crime on the US and Canada, where the author has been drawing his anecdotes, has been drastically decreasing - not increasing - over the past two decades. This is especially true of violent crime.
While all starts well, when he turns the focus towards children at the end, his well thought out dissection of psychopathy takes on the clueless, uninformed tone of the frustrated parents he showcases - drawing way too many examples from film, TV and pop culture to be taken seriously. It's a damn shame, since he does begin to touch upon the true scourge psychopathy has wrought on society in the form of white collar criminals, con men and manipulators. However, he ends sounding like the narrator from a 1950s Reefer Madness short.
Redundant question, Audible.
Again, this review format is atrocious and horribly thought out. This is a non fiction book.
Interesting nonetheless. A worthwhile listen despite its flaws.
This is a truly terrifying account of psychopaths and the idea that they are all around us all the time. The narrator is iffy--he mispronounces a few words--but what else is new? Audible seems to not care about those details.
You'll find yourself going through the list of people you know and comparing them to the list of symptoms in this chilling book. Fascinating.
Wolves among sheep
I don't know if there is anything to particularly like about finding out that everyone probably knows someone who has no conscience. This was very disturbing to me because within five minutes of listening to this audiobook, I realized that yes, yes I very much know someone close to me whom I love dearly that apparently by all counts, has no feelings for others and only wants what he wants.
There was no particular scene that I liked more than the others, but, I was glad to hear when the doctor did not want to jump in and label someone too quickly as when the mother called him stating that she believed her son fit the criteria and she wanted to make sure he never got out of prison.
Demons walk among us
There is a fine line we walk when dealing with these types of personalities and I am very glad to hear that this good doctor is not leaning too far to one side or the other but rather opening our eyes to see what we potentially may be dealing with so that proper steps can be taken to keep everyone safe from this.
The insight into the phychos' phyche. They are normal people, they just do not have the conscious that the rest of us do. It makes them freer and dangerous. The author points out at how not so rare such people are, and give tips on how to spot them.
I find Hare's work fascinating, and his psychopath test is an important contribution to many fields. While much of the book is interesting, it becomes obvious as the narrative goes on that 1) Hare thinks of psychopaths and being essentially a different species,which is a bit disturbing, and 2) he is not very open-minded once he has decided an individual meets the psychopathic definition- whether or not he has actually diagnosed the person. Interesting, but Hare comes across as seeing psychopaths around every corner.
Love the book as a window. Shocked by the number of definitions for the word "turn". Widowed and sad, but thankful. Trying hard to be useful. Have 28 years as a step-father to a fantastic grand-daughter and a not so fantastic drug addicted, step-daughter. Oddly focused on the fun of preparing to die well, and help those left behind, while eating, hot springing, and reading for pleasure.
I highly value this book for personal reasons. I have been suffering from a psychopath for years and never understood what was happening. Now the blindness has been penetrated and relief found in the increased clarity.One of the most important discoveries in the book is that psychoses are disorders of the mind and are treatable, while psychopathy is a disorder of the personality and not yet treatable. A clear cause was not put forth, nor was a set definition. Rather, psychopathy is said to be a matter of degree, with its primary characteristic being apathy towards others.The author made the claim that most psychopaths are not convicted criminals. They are members of society that find niches to pursue their own ends at the expense of others. He says 2% of the population measures high on the psychopathic scale, while they cause 20% of society's problems. Even with known mass murderers, only 47% measured high on the scale.I think this book is a must read for anyone who deals with people, especially if you are trusting by nature.
The topic of Psychopathy has been well documented and written-up in a plethora of recent books. Robert Hare basically repeats much of this knowledge, but also adds some more recent research towards the end of the book. It's well written and read; easily understandable. I would appreciate more new research and new insights, but so far so good.