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“A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths delves into the origins of their behavior, 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

"In this compassionate study, Kiehl, professor of psychology, neurosciences, and law at the University of New Mexico, attempts to provide a way to understand and improve the lives of psychopaths...Kiehl's goal is not to sensationalize, but rather to learn and assist...His pedigree speaks volumes: he has devoted a good portion of his career to this oft-maligned population." -Publishers Weekly

"A renowned neuroscientist provides us with a fascinating account of his personal journey into the mind of the psychopath." –Robert D. Hare, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, author of Without Conscience
“A lucid and closely observed portrait of what psychopaths are actually like, with their chilling combination of moral apathy and charm, by one of the leading researchers and innovators in the field.  A Fascinating and terrifying book, and a potential life saver.” –John Seabrook, The New Yorker
“A must read! Dr. Kiehl’s stories about psychopaths are as authentic as can be. I found Dr. Kiehl’s research formed the backbone of my work in analyzing the behavioral signature of a psychopath left behind at the 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.” –Mary Ellen O’Toole, Special Agent (retired), Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
"Highly engaging and personal perspective from a world leading scientist in the field of psychopathy research. 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
"By primates standards, humans are intensely social, affiliative, and empathic.   Thus, we are fascinated with the rare individuals who lack those traits, who have a reptilian indifference to what makes humans humane.  Criminal psychopaths are the iconic example of such terrifyingly broken humans.  In this superb book written by one of the pioneers in this field, 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 finding 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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KENT A. KIEHL, PhD, is an executive science offi­cer of the nonprofit Mind Research Network and a professor of psychology, neurosciences, and law at the University of New Mexico. In addition to authoring more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed publications, Kiehl has writ­ten for Scientific American, has appeared on NPR, and was profiled by John Seabrook in The New Yorker. He currently directs five major NIH-funded projects in psychopathy and related mental illnesses. He lectures extensively to state and federal judges, lawyers, cor­rectional officials, and lay audiences about the inter­section of neuroscience and the law.

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All about Kent Kiehl 18. Mai 2014
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The previous poster who gave this a one star (R Whitman) said it all perfectly. The book is all about Kiehl. A large portion of the book is on his experiences, his job offers, his experience with the police while getting off an airplane, his testimony in court, his lunches with friends, his negotiations to purchase an advanced MRI machine, and things of the like. What troubled me was the Kiehl always seems to come out successful... All about Kiehl. I purchased this book to learn more about the psychopath, not to read the contents of casual conversations in restaurants with friends. There is very little about psychopaths other than "their brains are different" and also some personal stories. Some of the material i.e. Phineas Gage, PCL-R checklist, etc is documented in other books.
Kiehl only lightly touches on what can (or should) be done with the psychopath. He briefly talks about the program in Wisconsin and its apparent success but then nothing else. No statistics.....nothing. No more than 1/4 of a page devoted to that.
This book is an autobiography. A much much better book is Anatomy of Violence by Adrian Raine.
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Engaging book weaves together the career of the scientist and his studies 20. März 2014
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A combination of memoir and primer on psychopaths, The Psychopath Whisperer manages to communicate a lot of information on its subject relatively painlessly. The information is related alongside the story of Kiehl's entry into the field of psychopath study, from his days as a graduate student working in Canadian prisons to his first major trial as a professional. Alongside Kiehl's career, we see the application of MRIs in this study advance.

This book should be interesting to those with a desire to learn more about how psychopaths tick - how they are identified and distinguished, what is known or believed about how they evolve. It offers insight into how psychopaths think about themselves. Science, it delivers.

What it does not deliver is any techniques for "whispering" to psychopaths. "Whispering" is the soft science of establishing rapport generally with animals, like horses. Kiehl has worked alongside psychopaths and has gleaned some excellent information for them, but he doesn't even approach rapport or try to teach others how to do so. To me, this is a plus. The path to helping psychopaths and protecting society from them seems almost certainly destined to come from outside.

Although I personally could have done with a little less biography and a little more science, I suspect the blend was a good one to keep this book engaging to readers of broad background. I enjoyed the book, which was consistently engaging, and will recommend.
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not up to the standards I had expected 16. Juni 2014
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I found the Psychopath Whisperer to be generally a let down. However, that could have been due to my expectations. I expected in depth analysis of psychopaths including what they had done in their lives, how they felt about it, how truthful they were, and how they came across to the author. I didn't get much of that. Instead, I heard all about how the author began his studies and how he felt at the time. That was fine, but from the start, he struck me as too gullible. He took the criminals he interviewed at their word. From the start, he listened wide eyed to their stories and never mentioned once what liars they could be. He only referenced that psychopaths are liars but it never came across in his interviews. He struck me as a sort of groupie, all worried about what danger he was in, impressed with what they had done and how normal they seemed. Then at the end of what I considered interviews with no information or insight into the particular individual, he gave his conclusion of their rating on the popular psychopath scale.

His book came across as an autobiography, and it reminded me of some of the writing by so-called ghost hunters. With not much information, they tend to focus on their own thoughts and feelings throughout the story. Somehow psychopaths have become our latest craze, and it amazes me how gullible people can be when they think that they have met one. The author never once questioned why he met so many psychopaths so quickly. Can it be that these inmates are bored, know very well what he wants to hear and love to talk about themselves? Did it ever occur to him that just because they did terrible things and don't seem too concerned that it might just mean that they're bad people, but not psychopaths?

I should have realized that the book was not completely professional by the title. The reference to Horse Whisperer was too commercial for the subject. Psychopaths are the latest craze, and of course people will want more books about them. So I could understand the reason for the title. However, I was not able to finish this book, so perhaps it improved near the end.

I won't say not to buy this book, but it would be best if you could read it first before gambling with your money.
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Not quite what I expected, but a very interesting book 7. März 2014
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I feel like I should start with a spoiler alert, because this book reads like a mystery story. The clues are released a few at a time. Do psychopaths have a consistent, measurable brain abnormality? Why yes! They do. Our hero proves it by spending years, in fact his whole career, taking MRI scans of prisoners and collecting other data. He makes a good argument that psychopathy is based on a physical abnormality that is present at birth. So that's interesting.

The book is good for armchair scientists who want to know how things are going in the world of brain-scanning psychopaths. That's half the book.

The other half of the book is a glimpse into the author's personal world. It's kind of a dull, but vaguely amusing little world. The author is, after all, an academic sort. A TSA search adds up to such an exciting event in his life, he feels he must write about. Or maybe it was just a device to build up the anticipation. Will the terrible psychopath's brain scan show the same abnormality? I'm about to tell you, but wait! First let me tell you how hard it was to get home from the airport...

Eventually, I found it endearing. The book is very readable, and the work he is doing is important and interesting.
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Boring... 8. Mai 2014
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I came into this book with an expectation, and I was thoroughly and brutally crushed. I could've handled it if was just about rehashing all the other books on psychopaths. No. This book is about Dr. Kiehl and his enormous ego. Most of this book is just about his daily routine, with utterly random case studies of various psychopaths every four or five chapters.

Hell, in the first half of this book, he hadn't even graduated. He wasn't a PhD. He was just giving questionnaires to psychopaths in prison. You know, lowest person on the bean poll type work. He doesn't even really describe that. He's sure to tell us how he 'outsmarted' that one psychopath and how everyone tells him he's got an awesome work habit (complete with numerous mentions of giving Starbucks coffee to the prison staff -- yes, I kid you not. He puts a whole lot of emphasis on giving coffee in a book that's supposed to be about psychopaths...)

Once he (finally) graduated, he goes into detail about how some guy thought he was just the bees knees and let him name the amount of his salary. There are chapters (again, seriously) on how hard he worked to get the best MRI machine -- including in detail the trips out to various reps and the steak dinners of the companies who wined and dined him, and how he managed to save his employer a ton of money and the big bonus he got in the mail because of that.


The icing on the cake, of course, is this: he tells the readers that 'you know that Nobel Laureate guy in Economics, John Nash? The one who had a movie made of his life and of whom it's thought that his theory in economics changed the world? Yeah. He told me my theories on psychopaths would change the world too.'

Gag me.

In short, there is very, very, very little on this book about actual psychopaths. Every chapter had a short psychopath statistic and the one chapter that seemed at all promising was his comparison of two assassins. Everything else is just a huge ego stroke. But, hey, if you like reading about undergraduates bringing starbucks coffee to work then this book is for you.
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