This is one book that every citizen should listen to at least once. I deal with people on a daily basis and the knowledge of being able to figure out who is what can be a life saver. I recommend this book to everyone as young as 14 years old.
outstanding book, makes you think about people you meet and know also about the difficulty treating psychpaths
This guy is the father of all this type of research. He created the PCL-R!! What more to say. All points made are always backed with the statement, 'for example...' The examples are great and get right to the point.
I enjoyed how Dr. Hare divided the topics of psychopaths, which made reading more enjoyable and less mundane (see extended review for details).
I liked how Dr. Hare identified areas of society were the term "psychopath" is misused and even in criminal justice system, doctors and such are misusing the psychopathy checklist.
I also liked how he explored the area of psychopathy in children, which is rarely discussed due to the moral and ethical implications.
The chapter on children psychopaths.
Considering this book was published in 1999 and is now 15 years old, it is still a relevant and insightful read on psychopaths. Dr. Hare is also an early pioneer in trying to develop, and correctly administer the psychopathy checklist, which I found interesting to hear how this technique came about.
Like most books on psychopaths, there are plenty of examples of murder, deceit, and injury to others; however Dr. Hare did an excellent job in breaking the book into a few basic sections:
- Defining the Psychopath
- White Collar Psychopaths
- Psychopathy in Children
- Appropriate Use & Misuse of the Psychopathy Checklist by Society
- Methods to Identify & Protect Yourself From Psychopaths
The book length is just right and it was well edited. I would recommend this read to anyone interested in psychopaths and trying to understand psychopathic behavior.
Pros: Addressed the issue of psychopathy in children and made me really ponder if people can be born "bad."
Cons: Book highlighted all negative aspects of psychopaths, but did not touch on any positive features - which have primarily been addressed in Kevin Sutton's "Wisdom of Psychopaths"
Bottom line: Quick and interesting read - would recommend.
Psychopathy is very interesting, and the author presents an excellent overview of knowledge.
He seemed disinterested in some parts. In others, his tone and delivery was excellent for the material.
Psychopaths are jerks. Or, in three sentences: Without Conscience is a good overview of psychopathy. Hare discusses the history of the diagnosis, symptoms, theories on cause, common misconceptions, possible treatments, and so forth, using anecdotes to flesh everything out. He struck me as a bit alarmist, and a little preening when it came to his Psychopathy Checklist, but nothing too bad so long as you view at the book as a layman's introduction.
How Hare discussed every facet of psychopathy moderately, as opposed to discussing a couple facets deeply.
I have not, but I didn't have any real issue with Boehmer's reading. A dry and clinical reading for a dry and clinical book. The only thing that struck me as odd is that whenever he reads a series (X,Y, Z...) he gives a full pause between items as though they were separated by a period instead of a comma.However, I don't know what the punctuation looks like in the printed book, so maybe it was typed like that.
That perhaps is the weirdest question Audible has ever pitched at me. "Without Conscience: A Fascinating Look Into The World Of Psychopaths"? Maybe?
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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.
The science is old and watered down to middle school level. The narrator sounds like he is bored but has been instructed to "read with expression".
I couldn't be bothered to finish. Don't bother to buy it.