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  • The Science of Those Without Conscience
  • Written by: Kent A. Kiehl
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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The Psychopath Whisperer

Written by: Kent A. Kiehl
Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
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We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies - from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment - how they were raised - or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?

This is the question Kiehl, a protégé of famed psychopath researcher Dr. Robert Hare, was determined to answer as he began his career 20 years ago. To aid in his quest to unravel the psychopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. The brains of more than 500 psychopaths and 3,000 other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s laboratory - the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. Over the course of The Psychopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psychopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder.

In The Psychopath Whisperer, Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psychopaths and studying their thought processes - from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and personality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy.

A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little-understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives.

©2014 Kent A. Kiehl (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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a compelling listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was pleasing (although the splice edits sometimes a little stilted) and the content was fascinating from start to finish. The writing style and storytelling was beautifully interspersed with deep dive scientific details.

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Enjoyable and informative

This is like a memoir, a true-crime book and a science book all in one. Never dull or dry. I have a better understanding of what a psychopath is from reading this book. Recommended.

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Excellent Listen

Informative, witty, at times funny. Great book! It’s very interesting to learn the latest science on psychopaths. As an academic, I also appreciated the story of the academic career.

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Fascinating, Excellent & Informative

I couldn't stop listening.
This was an enlightening and entertaining story.
It kept you informed on old and new science breakthroughs regarding mental health and psychopathy and at the same time it was written in parallel with one man's life journey through inspiration, challenges and success.
I didn't want it to end.
I've always been interested in psychology and this book was a perfectly packaged listen for that.
The narration was spot on.

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Looking for a book about psychopaths? You found it!

Like many people I find myself oddly interested in psychopaths. Psychopaths simultaneously terrify and make me jealous.

In this book you learn details of how psychopaths think and conduct themselves with examples of interactions the author has with many psychopaths over his years or research. Thea stories range from hilarious to horrific and everything in between.

You also get a glimpse into his research and how he went about it which was a surprisingly interesting aspect of the book.

If you’re looking to read about psychopaths, this book is a great way to do it.

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