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Without Conscience by Robert D. Hare
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Feb 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, psychology
Recommended to Sarah Jane by: Pierce Ruple
Read from February 13 to 20, 2011 , read count: 1

As a psychology student, I really enjoyed this book. It has TONS of information and statistics, but the writing is accessible. Hare is obviously dedicated to a cautious and ethical approach. All of his claims are based on repeated experiments and decades of study. He is clearly reluctant to jump to any conclusion, and I consider that a very good trait in anyone that claims to be an "expert."

Overall, Hare paints a scary, but realistic, picture of psychopathy and its prevalence in our society. By his estimations, virtually everyone will encounter a psychopath at one point or another. It is worth the time and effort to read this book and educate yourself in hopes that you might handle your psychopath-encounter better than most people do.

My only complaint is that the book was a little redundant at times. I did have to push myself a bit to plow through it - otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
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