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The anatomy of evil, Michael H. Stone

Label
The anatomy of evil
Title
The anatomy of evil
Statement of responsibility
Michael H. Stone
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The crimes of Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Dennis Rader, and other high-profile killers are so breathtakingly awful that most people would not hesitate to label them "evil." In this book, renowned psychiatrist Michael H. Stone uses this common emotional reaction to horrifying acts as his starting point to explore the concept and reality of evil from a new perspective. In an in-depth discussion of the personality traits and behavior that constitute evil across a wide spectrum, Dr. Stone takes a clarifying scientific approach to a topic that for centuries has been inadequately explained by religious doctrines." "Basing his analysis on the detailed biographies of more than 600 violent criminals, Stone has created a 22-level hierarchy of evil behavior, which loosely reflects the structure of Dante's Inferno. He traces two salient personality traits that run the gamut from those who commit crimes of passion to perpetrators of the worst crimes - sadistic torture and murder. One trait is narcissism, as exhibited in people who are so self-centered that they have little or no ability to care about their victims. The other is aggression, the use of power over another person to inflict humiliation, suffering, and death." "Stone then turns to the various factors that, singly or intertwined, contribute to pushing certain people over the edge into committing heinous crimes. They include heredity, adverse environments, violence-prone cultures, mental illness or brain injury, and abuse of mind-altering drugs. All are considered in the search for the root causes of evil behavior."
  • "What do psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience tell us about the minds of those whose actions could be described as evil? And what will that mean for the rest of us? Stone discusses how an increased understanding of the causes of evil will affect the justice system. He predicts a day when certain persons can safely be declared salvageable and restored to society and when early signs of violence in children may be corrected before potentially dangerous patterns become entrenched."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
Dewey number
364.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6080
LC item number
.S85 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2010 I-149
  • HV 6515
NLM item number
S881a 2009
Label
The anatomy of evil, Michael H. Stone
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-404) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Evil in peacetime -- Crimes of impulse : murders of jealousy and rage -- Other crimes of impulse : emphasis on antisocial persons -- Murder on purpose : the psychopathic schemers -- Spree and mass murder : evil by the numbers -- The psychopath hard at work -- Serial killers and torturers -- The family at its worst -- Science looks at evil -- Final thoughts
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
430 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781591027263
Lccn
2009013242
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2947826
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
ocn262889586
Label
The anatomy of evil, Michael H. Stone
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-404) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Evil in peacetime -- Crimes of impulse : murders of jealousy and rage -- Other crimes of impulse : emphasis on antisocial persons -- Murder on purpose : the psychopathic schemers -- Spree and mass murder : evil by the numbers -- The psychopath hard at work -- Serial killers and torturers -- The family at its worst -- Science looks at evil -- Final thoughts
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
430 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781591027263
Lccn
2009013242
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2947826
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
ocn262889586

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