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Hare, Robert D.: Psychopathy and Crime
Robert D. Hare is a forensic psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia (Department of Psychology, Forensic Psychology). In addition, he is the president of Darkstone Research Group, which is a research and consulting firm. He is most well-known for research on psychopathy. This entry provides an overview of Hare's contributions to the study of psychopathy, with a focus on his research aimed at understanding the nature, measurement, and application of the construct of psychopathy. Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by specific interpersonal, affective, and behavioral features. Interpersonally, psychopathic individuals are manipulative, conning, and deceitful. Affectively, there is marked absence of remorse (for wrongdoings) and a general inability to experience emotions. In terms of behavior, psychopathy is characterized by impulsivity, irresponsibility, a history of antisocial behavior, and criminal versatility. In large part, this conceptualization of psychopathy is based on Hare's research aimed at operationalizing the construct ...