Thomas A. Widiger and Donald R. Lynam, quoting Hare, make the important point that psychopathic individuals are not a distinct subspecies of the human race. Rather, psychopathic tendencies are a part of the human condition, and when those traits are present in sufficient degree, we affix the label "psychopath." This fact may seem banal, but some of the contributors come close to assuming that people fall into distinct and nonoverlapping categories: normal (us) and psychopaths (them). For example, Theodore Millon and Roger D. Davis categorize psychopathic individuals as "spineless," "threatened," "volatile," "hurtful," "unforgivable," "disappointed," "frustrated," "surly," "truculent," "irrational," "frenzied," "hypersensitive," "unrestrained," "wild," "sadistic," "precipitous," and "vindictive," all on one randomly selected page (p. 166). These adjectives describe no particular individual but, rather, the authors’ view of one type of psychopathic individual. Similar collections of adjectives could be culled from several other chapters. These generalizations seem to be based on knowledge acquired entirely from distant vantage points such as reviews of prison files, responses to questionnaires, and psychophysiological measurements. Only a few of the contributors acknowledge that they have ever spoken to—or listened to—a psychopathic individual. No doubt all of the authors have seen and heard psychopathic individuals close up, but the fact that they have found nothing worth reporting from those encounters has led to a book in which the people who are its subjects are visible only from a great distance, like clusters of galaxies on an astronomer’s photographic plate.