Psychoanalysis of Evil: Perspectives on Destructive Behavior by Henry Kellerman

By Henry Kellerman

For all our wisdom of psychopathology and sociopathology--and regardless of unending examinations of abuse and torture, mass homicide and genocide--we nonetheless shouldn't have a true deal with on why evil exists, the place it derives from, or why it's so ubiquitous.

A compelling synthesis of various faculties of idea, Psychoanalysis of Evil identifies the psychological infrastructure of evil and deciphers its direction from vile purpose to malignant deeds. Evil is outlined as synthetic within the psyche: the appearing out of repressed needs stemming from a poisonous mixture of destructive early reviews reminiscent of abuse and forget, profound anger, unfavourable character elements, and mechanisms reminiscent of projection. This research brings startling readability to doubtless regular territory, that's, people and occasions generally perceived as evil. Strongly implied during this far-reaching knowing is a decision for extra exact sorts of intervention and prevention because the writer:

  • Reviews representations of evil from theological, philosophical, and psychoanalytic sources.
  • Locates the development of evil in psychodynamic features of the psyche.
  • Translates obscure abstractions of evil into recognizable concepts.
  • Exemplifies this concept with the lives and atrocities of Hitler and Stalin.
  • Applies psychoanalytic standpoint to the genocides in Turkey, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Rwanda.
  • Revisits Hannah Arendt's proposal of "the banality of evil."

Psychoanalysis of Evil holds a different place within the literature and may assemble huge curiosity between readers in social psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, and political anthropology. Historians of mass clash should still locate it instructive to boot.

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