Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us - Chapter 9, Flies in the Web, pg 144-154 Summary & Analysis

Robert Hare (psychologist)
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Chapter 9, Flies in the Web, pg 144-154 Summary and Analysis

Hare opens this chapter by describing an all too common scenario. A police officer stops a woman because she has been speeding and is in violation of the law. When he asks for her license and registration, the attractive young women gets out of the car to speak with the officer. She proceeds to flirt with him and use her body language to distract the police officer. The police officer is so blinded by the woman's charm that he does not follow procedure and lets the woman off with a warning.

While many people use their charms to their advantage, psychopaths use their charms as an opportunity to feed on others. To them, social exchanges are opportunities to manipulate without remorse.

Hare says that psychopaths are big proponents of...

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