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The most deviant forms of human behaviour can be disturbing, incomprehensible, and sometimes very frightening. Herschel Prins believes that even the most deviant-seeming behaviours have their counterparts in ‘normality’ and can often be seen as an extension of this. In Bizarre Behaviours he sets some extreme forms of behaviour, such as vampirism and amok, in their socio-cultural and psychological contexts.
Originally published in 1990, this very accessible and readable book will interest not only all those who have to deal with bizarre behaviour in the course of their work, but also the general reader who is interested in the origins and the infinite variety of human behaviours.
‘Bizarre Behaviours is provocative in the best sense. It provokes some difficult questions. Herschel Prins has asked himself these questions and tried to answer them… He is to be congratulated on achieving a balanced presentation of a theme that is fraught with pitfalls.’
Murray Cox MA DPM FRCPsych
Acknowledgements Foreword 1 Context and purpose 2 Some less familiar psychiatric conditions 3 Besieged by devils: possession and possession states 4 Some so-called culture-bound syndromes 5 Blood relations: unusual encounters with death and the dead 6 Concluding comments Additional reading Index
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