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. 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.
©1999 Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. (P)2011 Tantor
"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)
I either did not read the description closely enough or it was misleading at best. This book is essentially a text book describing the various facets of a psycopathic personality. I guess I expected much more detailed descriptions of various psycopaths and their crimes. What I got was a somewhat clinical analysis of what Dr's look for in order to make a diagnosis.
I suspect this might be a good entry level text for pschology students, but was not what I wanted to listen to as a casual read. To top it off, it was very dated, which
I also missed. Written 30+ years ago, I imagine that even most of what is written here has significantly
evolved in terms of information known and studies done since then.
I have not gone back and re-read the description that had made me think this would be a very different read than what it was, but suffice to say, for me it was like trying to read a text book as leisure reading
Definitely worth a listen. It was written in the 1990s and a lot of research with brain Imaging has been done since then. The author has done plenty of research and wrote a check list for clinical use, so he knows his stuff.
One of my favorite Parts was about Psychopathic speech. Although psychopaths have a firm grip on reality, apparently, they have a hard time telling the truth. when a subject was asked whether he thought he was violent, he replied, " I'm not a violent person, but I had to kill somebody once."
The ability to listen to course books while commuting several hours every day allowed me to listen to it multiple times each week. I can also listen to it while doing other household tasks or exercising.
Clear voice excellent tone, pleasant to listen to.
The chapters of the book do NOT match the sections marked by the audible file. For example today I needed to listen to chapters 11 & 12, these were eventually found under sections 13-15. Why this is not properly correlated is an unnecessary hassle.
This was a good listen with lots of insight and very little fanfare. In fact I recommended it to my cousin who is a nurse because I fear in her field she might encounter these people more than most. But everyone can benefit from the knowledge in this book.
A little dramatic at times. But worthwhile. Case studies are juicy and author knows his stuff big-time. Plus it's an important message for society.
"Without Conscience" is one of the most important books I've ever "read." If only I had had access to this book earlier in life...say , by age 13... I would've been spared many painful experiences, or at least been armed with defense strategies. Many puzzling personal encounters and relationship glitches were explained, creating many ahhhh ha moments. Insights offered by Hare are an inoculation against naivety and are useful survival tools.....or defense weapons. I rated the book a 4, rather than 5 because I was confused by the 'Dr. Death of Texas ' chapter. I plan to read the book in print and then it will probably be made clear---but listening, it struck me as Hare back peddling on his own insights. I rated the performance a 4, only because it would have been helpful to hear the Chapter number and title announced as Boehmer moved through his reading. I want everyone I care about to read and heed this book.
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.
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