Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Robert Hare (psychologist)
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Introduction, The Problem, pg 1-7

• The author states that everyone has met, been deceived, or been manipulated by a psychopath.

• The hallmark of a psychopath is lack of conscience and taking more than they give.

• Flagrant criminal behavior is only one kind of psychopathy.
• Although psychopathic criminals are often judged sane, they push the boundaries of the definition of sanity.

• Psychopathic killers are not deranged but calculating and without empathy.

• Family background does not offer a reliable predictor of psychopathy.

Chapter 1, Experiencing the Psychopath, pg 8-20

• People who are acquainted with psychopaths often experience vague feelings that something is wrong.

• The prison population is excellent for the study, since many psychopaths are inmates and their information is available.

• An inmate named Ray trapped the author by showing him a forbidden knife, which the author didn't report.
• Ray demonstrated an ability to override reality without concern.

• The relationship between...

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