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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780745397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780745398
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating and terrifying book, and a potential life saver.'

(John Seabrook The New Yorker)

'A must read! Dr Kiehl's research formed the backbone of my work in analysing the behavioural signature of a psychopath left behind at the crime scene ... Don't trust your gut about this disorder – learn about it from one of the foremost experts in the field.'

(Mary Ellen O'Toole, Special Agent (retired), Behavioural Analysis Unit, FBI)

'What sets this book apart is the combination of an accessible overview of the cutting-edge science and compelling and authentic portrayal of what individuals with psychopathy are really like.'

(Essi Viding, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University College London)

'A renowned neuroscientist provides us with a fascinating account of his personal journey into the mind of the psychopath.'

(Robert D. Hare, author of Without Conscience)

'In this superb book written by one of the pioneers in this fi eld, Kent Kiehl explores what is different about the brains of psychopaths. This is a clear, accessible account of the science and, in addition, an appealing personal story of how Kiehl has gone about his unique science.'

(Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University)

'An exhilarating exploration into the lives, minds and emotions of criminal psychopaths by one of the leading researchers in the field. This lively and engaging narrative not only educates the reader on the internal machinations of the psychopath, but also takes us through Kiehl’s own life journey of scientific discovery. It's an irresistible read that is hard to put down.  Even after decades of my own research I found myself learning new perspectives on the psychopath. Serious, witty, saddening and beguiling, The Psychopath Whisperer yells out as a "must read" for anyone interested in those without conscience.'

(Adrian Raine, professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania)

'The fascinating story of how Kent Kiehl, a remarkably energetic and accomplished scientist, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a mobile brain scanner to examine the brains of more psychopathic prisoners than anyone in the world and characterize their dysfunction. Filled with entertaining anecdotes of psychopaths in prison, research collaborations, and scientific discovery, the book discusses the ramifications of his findings to the criminal system and to the treatment of psychopathic juvenile delinquents. An eye-opening read!'

(Dr Joseph Newman, professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

'A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths delves into the origins of their behaviour, especially as it relates to the inner workings of the brain...Navigates these issues and more with compassion and insight. Fast-paced and thrilling.'

(Kirkus Reviews)

'It is rare to find an accessible book on the subject by a researcher who is an acknowledged leader in the field. Kent Kiehl is the exception to the rule… infectious… an insightful and memorable look into the troubled minds of people with psychopathy’

(THES)

‘A fluid, engaging narrative’ 

(BBC Focus)

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'A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths delves into the origins of their behaviour, especially as it relates to the inner workings of the brain...Navigates these issues and more with compassion and insight. Fast-paced and thrilling.' Kirkus Reviews

'A fascinating and terrifying book, and a potential life saver.' John Seabrook, The New Yorker

'A must read! Dr Kiehl's research formed the backbone of my work in analysing the behavioural signature of a psychopath left behind at the crime scene ... Don't trust your gut about this disorder – learn about it from one of the foremost experts in the field.' Mary Ellen O'Toole, Special Agent (retired), Behavioural Analysis Unit, FBI

'What sets this book apart is the combination of an accessible overview of the cutting-edge science and compelling and authentic portrayal of what individuals with psychopathy are really like.' Essi Viding, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University College London

'A renowned neuroscientist provides us with a fascinating account of his personal journey into the mind of the psychopath.' Robert D. Hare, author of Without Conscience

'In this superb book written by one of the pioneers in this fi eld, Kent Kiehl explores what is different about the brains of psychopaths. This is a clear, accessible account of the science and, in addition, an appealing personal story of how Kiehl has gone about his unique science.' Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University

'An exhilarating exploration into the lives, minds and emotions of criminal psychopaths by one of the leading researchers in the field. This lively and engaging narrative not only educates the reader on the internal machinations of the psychopath, but also takes us through Kiehl’s own life journey of scientific discovery. It's an irresistible read that is hard to put down. Even after decades of my own research I found myself learning new perspectives on the psychopath. Serious, witty, saddening and beguiling, The Psychopath Whisperer yells out as a "must read" for anyone interested in those without conscience.' Adrian Raine, professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

'The fascinating story of how Kent Kiehl, a remarkably energetic and accomplished scientist, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a mobile brain scanner to examine the brains of more psychopathic prisoners than anyone in the world and characterize their dysfunction. Filled with entertaining anecdotes of psychopaths in prison, research collaborations, and scientific discovery, the book discusses the ramifications of his findings to the criminal system and to the treatment of psychopathic juvenile delinquents. An eye-opening read!' Dr Joseph Newman, professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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This book is like a psychopathy encyclopaedia. It is well written, easy to follow and gives and in depth view of the neuropsychology of the psychopath. As someone with no knowledge of the makeup of a psychopath, I found it easy to understand and quite obviously written by someone at the top of their field. It was an extremely interesting read and has left me with a much better understandingof the subject and better able to tell a sociopath from a psychopath. Something that could be quite important, so we are told!! I would recommend this book.
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Have you ever wondered if psychopaths are evil and untreatable? At the age of twenty-three Kent Kiehl went to a town in Abbotsford to a high-security prison. He interviewed prisoners in the violent offender facility. He divided his time there studying the research on psychopaths doing brain-imaging techniques. There is a chapter on fMRI technique to find out where in the brain things go wrong in psychopaths.

This is a must read Dr Kiehl’s stories about psychopaths are as authentic as can be. His research formed the backbone for analyzing the behavioural signature of a psychopath left behind at a crime scene. Whether you work in mental health, law enforcement, the judiciary or research, don’t trust your gut about this disorder learn about it from one of the foremost experts in the field. It is rare to find an accessible book on the subject by a researcher who is an acknowledged leader in the field .Review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com
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I didn't expect to be carried along at the pace of this book, nor did I expect the information to be accessible but I found the explanations to be clear without being patronising. May Mr Kiehl continue on what appears to be a lonely journey of being right. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks it's essential reading as they enter any of the health or police careers. It will open their eyes.
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Generally speaking, the book is written in a casual tone that makes it accessible to a wide audience and not just to those with specialist knowledge. The author provides an account of the days (and nights) that he'd spent researching psychopathy at several maximum-security prisons in North America and extends his incremental findings into a condensed discussion of what they mean in terms of the condition itself. The topic is fascinating, and for this reason I felt at times let down by the author's tendency to deviate from the core topic and to talk about trivial/unimportant matters; he no doubt has many positive memories from his academic journey, but he seems to forget that a perfect stranger can only force a polite smile and think little more than "that's nice" when presented with them. To conclude, this book is by no means 'bad' but is in fact more of an autobiography than an overview of psychopathy.
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I have just started reading it. The first chapter reads like a novel. It then gets into the theory about 'Psychopathy'. I have just finished reading the section comparing two assassins. The assassin who killed Abraham Lincoln and the assassin who killed President Garfield.

The author has obviously tried to make his life's work accessible to a casual audience.

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Some of my thoughts:

There is another book on Psychopathy called Zero Degrees of Empathy: A new theory of human cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen

In some ways that is a better title because in studying Psychopathy, you are to a certain extent studying 'Empathy' and 'Emotional Intelligence'.

Just to look at Psychopaths on their own is like studying 'Crime' and criminality without looking at the wider society - "True Crime". People have a voyeuristic fascination with (horror) crime and criminals which is not particularly intellectual.

Then there is the range of ordinary behavior.

How could someone be so '_________'? (thoughtless, cruel, inconsiderate, etc). I am not sure whether by the end of this book I will have had an entertaining read or whether I will have learnt something.

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You could say the book is 'thought provoking'! Is it meant to be an academic book or is it meant for a more general readership?

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I have skipped to the end and read half of the final chapter. The tone does not change. If this was an essay, you would say that it contains a lot of waffle (filler). I am reducing my rating to three stars.
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Great book, easy to read, giving some very interesting insights into the brain of the psychopath. The author's passion for the topic really shines through. Really enjoyed it.
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Robert Hare's exceptional protege, Kiehl gives fascinating insight into real life as a researcher in max security, interviewing psychopaths.

Kiehl provides insight into psychopathy. If it's a topic that intrigues you. I would recommend catching Kiehl's interviews and research papers after reading this book.
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Fascinating book. Can be very research based but the case studies are interesting reading.
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