2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 37 (89% non-fiction)

B0409_WithoutConscience_DYes, another book about psychopaths… I can’t help it, they just fascinate me.  The more I interact with the couple of psychopaths in my life, the more books like these help me to understand what has always been such a mystery to me.  Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare has gone the furthest in all my reading toward allowing me to understand just how different their brains operate.

Not only does Hare do a good job of giving examples of what makes a psychopath, he gives so much more.  Sure, this book touches on the headline grabbing psychos we all know – Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacey and Jeffrey Dahmer.  But more than that, it looks at the psychopaths that are living among us without going on killing sprees.  The majority of psychopaths spend their life wrecking lives of those who love and trust them, swindling their business contacts and manipulating their way out of one fix after another.

In the book, Hare even explores the issues of psychopathic children and the realization that parenting does NOT cause psychopathy.  Although a troubled or abusive childhood can impact how a psychopath uses his skills as a manipulator, it does NOT create his psychosis.

The last section of the book does a great job of giving some to-dos or ways to deal with the psychopaths in your life.  More than just another fascinating look at their abhorrent ways, Without Conscience is a manual you can use to recognize, protect yourself and escape these very real threats.

Chris Doelle