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Translates essential findings from experimental psychology and cognitive psychophysiology to examine the nature of psychopathy, its salient characteristics, and its effects on society. This book provides information and advice for anyone seeking to understand, evaluate, or rehabilitate these dangerous men and women. It also serves as a supplemental text in psychopathology courses, at the undergraduate or graduate level.

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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.

About the Author

Robert D. Hare, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada

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

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Professor SDW, July 16, 2007 (view all comments by Professor SDW)
Although this book is slightly older than what I prefer to use with my undergrad students, it still has pertinent and valuable information on the topic, by a pioneer in psychopathy.
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ISBN:
9781572304512
Author:
Hare, Robert D.
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Author:
Hare, Robert D.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Pathological Psychology
Subject:
Antisocial personality disorders
Subject:
Psychopaths
Subject:
Abnormal Psychology
Subject:
Psychopathology - General
Subject:
Forensic Psychology
Subject:
Psychology - Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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$17.95 as of 11/1/03
Pages:
236
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8.19 x 5.31 in

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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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