Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Book Review: Without a Conscience

When I started working with sex offenders, I learned that quite a few are psychopaths. I was referred to the book, "Without a Conscience" by Robert Hare, who created a psychopathy checklist. The book was an easy read and gave me a better understanding of working with psychopaths. He shared examples of real life psychopaths such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as fictional psychopaths such as Hannibal. Hare elaborated on the symptoms of psychopathy such as being superficial, lacking remorse, being manipulative, being impulsive, etc. He discussed treatment of psychopaths which is difficult and entails self protection and damage control. Since 20% of inmates are psychopaths, this is a book worth reading if you work with the offender population.