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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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By DORIS H. on 08-16-14

An autobiography with splatter of neuropsychology.

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This book primarily is about the author's career.
There are interesting stories and information about psychopathy, less than 25% of book.
Well produced, excellent narrator.

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By ddddddd on 07-01-14

Not about the results

Would you try another book from Kent A. Kiehl and/or Kevin Pariseau?

This is more the life story of this author, not much about the key insights. Can be a shorter book! I will have to think about it.

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Keep it short and focus on insights. This is less about the science and more about the story of the Researcher. The book in itself is not bad but it is not true to the Title. It's misleading.

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By Freja on 08-10-15


This book was interesting from start to finish, really enjoyable and a fascinating insight. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning about what makes Psychopaths tick!

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By DR on 10-08-17

Total Kent

Kent - few books move me to tears. Your compassion is unbounded and the gentleman who narrated your audiobook did it well. I also drink quad shot espressos - do I am normal after all.

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By Anonymous User on 10-17-17

fascinating journey !

Engaging and informative! was an enjoyable listen. Will listen to over and over again Kent! :)

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By Dale on 10-12-16

Informative, interesting and enjoyable!

For anyone that has an interest in the mindset of a psychopath, The Psychopath Whisperer, is an informative and interesting book on the workings of a psychopath's brain.

The book is written in a way that informs the listener but doesn't 'get bogged down' with medical and technical terms. It keeps you listening while informing you through Kiehl's life story, and case studies of cases he has encountered.

Narration can be at time bland, but, as it is not a 'storybook' can be overlooked, and certainly doesn't take away from the experience.

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