Psychopaths In Robert D. Hare's Without A Conscience

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I did not trust him alone with our son and likely never will. I witnessed him engage in questionable sexual conduct with our infant. I saw him shout in our son’s face for what was often accidental scratching, poking or pinching. I saw him punch our younger dog in the head to the degree that the dog urinated instantly. Our young son saw him punch a hole in the wall, smack the dogs for little to no reason. I was instructed to punch our un-neutered young dog in the testicles if he tried to mount me. My twelve year old dog skulked around Danny. The dog wasn’t excited to see him when he came home from work but I was.
I was gullible, giving, compliant and patient. When I took a turn for the worse I had no idea how to escape but knew that my decline would affect our son.
I could not be the mother I was nor wanted to be…
Robert D. Hare’s book
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Initially, the scope of this book seems narrow but opens a broad spectrum of inferences for those in relationships with non-criminal and unidentified psychopaths. The close observations, which are only possible in such a restricted environment as jail or a mental ward, is a testament to the difficulty of accurately identifying a psychopath. They are masters of manipulation, jugglers of interpersonal impressions and weavers of destruction.
Psychopaths have no empathy or conscience but often know how to feign these qualities that otherwise keep the world a safe place. Many of these individuals endlessly blame momentary circumstances and lifelong victimhood, much of which they can fabricate with terrifying acuity. Hare warns of psychopaths frequently obtaining early release from jail or prison and them being both feared and trusted by fellow prisoners, and guards. They make and keep friends when necessary, live by their own rules, and spin other people on their heads when it is in their own best

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