Wednesday, June 11, 2014

[Review] The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, April 22, 2014.
Genre: Psychology, Psychopath, Antisocial personality disorders.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: I received a free copy from Blogging For Books for the purpose of review.

For more information @ Publisher: The Psychopath Whisperer. 

Author information @ Publisher: Kent A. Kiehl, PhD. 



Summary:
What is a psychopath? Is this the mental illness which has caused young men to commit mass shootings in America?
Is being a psychopath the same as having psychosis?
These questions and more are explored in The Psychopath Whisperer. 
Author, Kent A. Kiehl, PhD, began his graduate studies by researching and utilizing the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, at a maximum secure prison in British Columbia, Canada. He interviewed men who without emotion or conscience shared their stories. Dr. Kiehl, later used MRI imaging to study the brains of the men, in order to understand if a psychopath is organic impairment, or an inorganic factor, and further is their hope for treatment?

My Thoughts:
Wow. I'll say it again. Wow. Scary book, because it's not fiction, it's real people who have committed horrific crimes, and without motive or reason or thought.

Examples of statistics shared in the book:
"There are over 29,000,000 psychopaths worldwide."
"Seventy-seven percent of psychopaths in the United States are incarcerated."
"A psychopath is born every 47 seconds."
"There are approximately 500,000 adult male psychopaths in the United States."
The FBI estimates there are as many as fifty active serial killers in the United States."

Dr. Kiehl, interviews several men who are psychopaths, plus one woman. One in ten psychopath is a female. It is rare for Dr. Kiehl to have an opportunity to interview a female psychopaths. All the interviews are disturbing, macabre, sad, troubling, somber.

Psychopaths are apparent with the disorder at an early age. The blank, no expression, dead eyes, is a description which is unchanging.
A psychopath can grow up in a normal home, or a violent dysfunctional home.
Dr. Kiehl describes the list of psychopath traits. These are apart of the questions used for scoring on the check list. The higher the score the more likely to be a repeat offender.
Chapter three explores the men who murdered US Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, and James A. Garfield. Were these murderer's assassins, or psychopaths?
Dr. Kiehl explains in-depth the difference between a psychopath and a person who has psychosis, further explanations are given of people with schizophrenia, OCD, or bi-polar disorder.

This is not a book for just anyone, a reader with a "strong" interest in psychology, or a reader that is in a profession that would be interested in the research, or a reader that has a family member with this mental health disorder.
There are graphic details of the crimes committed which are revealed by the psychopaths, so be prepared.

What stands out to me the most in this book is the unanswered questions: how did their brain become abnormal? Is it genetic? I'm hoping further research will reveal this.


1 comment:

  1. This book sounds very interesting. I looked it up and it's in my local library. I will check it out. Thanks for the review!

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