Without Conscience Book Report

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Imagine being free of the mental chains called a conscience. One would be able to do whatever they felt like and not feel any guilt afterwards--an unpleasant feeling I am predicting a lot of us have experienced at some point in our lives. Theoretically, this would sound quite neat, but a conscience is what makes people humans and without it we would not have any compassion for others, which is what keeps the world functioning without constant anarchy. This is why people who do not have a conscience, psychopaths, are such a threat to society; they care only for themselves and will disregard the feelings and welfare of fellow citizens to achieve what they set out to achieve. It is a proven fact that, much like how all squares are rectangles but…show more content…
Robert D. Hare. During my research for the first media search, Dr. Hare’s name appeared several times in multiple articles from separate websites, so I knew he would be a credible author and provide valuable information. Throughout his book, Dr. Hare reveals a great deal about his expansive knowledge on psychopaths, but one idea becomes extremely clear the further you read his book-- Psychopaths are a deceitful people who are capable of deceptively charming their way into people’s live and manipulating them until they feel they no longer require these victims, consequently leaving behind a wake of broken hearts and promises as well as drained bank accounts, all while feeling zero empathy or guilt.
Arguing that psychopaths are not crazy or insane in any way, Dr. Hare says that “unlike psychotic individuals, psychopaths are rational and aware of what they are doing and why.
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According to Dr. Hare, as well as countless others who are familiar with psychopaths, “lying, deceiving, and manipulation are natural talents for psychopaths” (46). They can fool their neighbors, coworkers, or acquaintances into believing that they are perfectly normal citizens who function well in society, when this is so distant from the truth. For serial killers, these traits are a key part in being able to implement their serial killings. I do not think that Ted Bundy would have been able to commit his murders had it not been for his acute ability to deceive women into trusting him enough to get into a car with him. Lying is a huge part of getting their victims, or even people in general, to trust them and serial killers and other psychopaths appear amazingly unfazed by the possibility of being found out. When “caught in a lie or challenge with the truth, they are seldom perplexed or embarrassed--they simply change their stories or attempt to rework the facts so they appear to be consistent with the lie” (75). Ordinarily, by the time a future victim of a serial killer's finds a discrepancy in what they had previously stated, it is already too late for them, but, surprisingly, this actually works most of the time with non-homicidal psychopaths. Dr. Hare’s book described many stories of people who were victimized by psychopaths and did not
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