Without Conscience: the World of Psychopaths

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Without Conscience: The Disturbing World Of The Psychopaths Among Us

It all started with unusual brain wave patterns on an electroencephalogram (EEG). It was several years ago when Robert Hare and two graduate students discovered these unusual brain wave patterns, so unusual that they couldn’t have come from real people, as described by the editor of a scientific journal. However, those EEGs did come from real people, a different kind of people, people from all paths of life-different background, cultures, and race, people that we have all come across in our daily lives. We can refer to these individuals as psychopaths. What is a psychopath? How would we describe a psychopath? Although people may have a different opinion of the description of a psychopath, there are some aspects that most people will agree on. From our understanding, psychopaths are impulsive, ego-centric, and sometimes violent individuals, who lie and manipulate others for their own personal gain. At the same time, psychopaths can be charming which explains how they manage to easily manipulate others. The most intriguing characteristic, however, is the lack of conscience within a psychopath. We can all agree, it seems as if psychopaths feel no remorse or guilt after exhibiting their criminal behavior. Psychopaths take what they want , do as they please, and do not feel bad after inflicting pain unto others for the only thing matters is their self-gratification. As Robert Hare puts it, “psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trial of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets (Hare, p.xi).” One may wonder how it is that these psychopaths can get away with such acts. How is that we can describe a psychopath but not always identify them? The truth of the matter is that psychopaths live among us, and not only are they masters of...
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