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Without Conscience: Book Report
Psychopaths all have something in common, and that's luring unexpected people in their traps. Its part of human nature to wonder and question the unknown. Psychopaths are a clear example of the unknown with their personalities and behaviors that are far from the norm on a continuum. We wonder what makes them do some of the unimaginable and horrific things to people and/or animals. How could be prevent psychopaths from taking advantage and lessening the harm on the people that they can hurt. Not surprisingly, psychologists are trying to find pinpoints that can protect the psychopath and public from them.
Dr. Robert Hare, a psychologist that dedicated his life to studying and trying to pinpoint the psychopaths decided to publish his work for the public to witness. “Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us”, was published by Dr. Hare in 1993. He wanted to bring awareness to the public about psychopaths that affect our day to day lives. The title is fitting for the information that's inside of the book and the cover of the book is just as creepy. The illustration on the cover is of a psychopath's cold eyes, filled with nothing but emptiness staring back at us. The book is non-fiction and is written in a way to catch the general public's attention.
For my book report, I have read and evaluated Dr. Hales book titled Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us, published by The Guilford Press. The purpose of the book was to bring awareness to psychopaths that live among us and will be describe in farther details in the paper. I will evaluated the purpose, strengths, weakness of the book and include a summarized portion for others to understand.
The book begins with Dr. Hare describing the origin of his research with psychopathy. He discusses the dangerous abilities of psychopaths and then precedes to list some of the one's who made the list. The psychopaths in the introduction are some of the famous ones such as: John Gacy, Kenneth Bianchi, and Ted Bundy (Hare, 1993). Most people heard about these particular psychopaths and had some sort of questions about them. The psychopath is dangerous yet we still are fantasied by the crimes that they commit. Dr. Hare then goes to telling the audiences that the psychopath is not insane but a “cold blooded killer with a lack of empathy for humans”(Hare, 1993). Many psychopaths don't make the news but still can affect our lives drastically. Not all psychopaths are killers and do manage to stay out of jail (Hare, 1993).
Those are the psychopaths that we need to be aware of the common ones that do not kill but steal, manipulate, and use people with no remorse. Even-though, the public thinks that psychopaths had to have a horrible childhood it doesn't apply to all of them (Hare, 1993). Some psychopaths come from good homes with wonderful families but still manage to be classified as a psychopath. Dr. Hare goes on to discuss his...

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