The line that separates those who kill from those who only think about it, and from those who injure themselves, is often thinner than we imagine. Convicted murderers serving life-sentences in England are among the subjects of this in-depth psychological study of what makes people kill.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Part I -- Aggression and Death -- The Death Constellation (I) -- The Indigestible Idea of Death -- The Death Constellation (II) -- Other Manifestations of the Death Constellation -- Part II -- The Nature of Aggression -- Violence and Psychic Indigestion -- Escalating Violence -- Cruelty and Cruel Behavior -- Brutalization and Recivilization, or Wildness and Civilizing for the First Time -- Latent Murderousness -- Part III -- Assessment and Risk -- Engagement and Treatment -- From Fantasy to Impulse Action: Is This Reversible with Psychotherapy? -- Reparation -- The Micro-Environment -- Part IV -- The Individual and Organized Crime -- Victims and Victimology (I) -- Victims and Victimology (II) -- Drugs: Dependence on an Unreliable Container -- Countertransference in the Psychotherapy of Violent Prisoners -- Criminality and the Claustrum -- Part V -- Antidevelopmental Processes in Adolescents -- Antidevelopmental Sexuality in Adolescents -- Othello -- Life-Threatening Illness -- Restoring the Balance