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Cruelty, Violence and Murder

ISBN 9781855752160
Published December 31, 1998 by Routledge
372 Pages

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Book Description

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

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