The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships / Edition 1

The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships / Edition 1

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by Donald G. Dutton
     
 


Physical violence may be the most overt manifestation of relationship abuse, but maltreatment of intimate partners takes many other forms as well. This integrative work explores the nature of male abusiveness by focusing on the development of a particular personality constellation--one that is easily threatened, jealous, and fearful, and that masks these emotions… See more details below

Overview


Physical violence may be the most overt manifestation of relationship abuse, but maltreatment of intimate partners takes many other forms as well. This integrative work explores the nature of male abusiveness by focusing on the development of a particular personality constellation--one that is easily threatened, jealous, and fearful, and that masks these emotions with anger and demands for control. Presenting results of controlled research with over 400 batterers, Dutton shows that many abusers exhibit high levels of trauma symptoms. This symptomatology is cogently linked to elements of childhood experience including witnessing of violence, the use of shaming techniques by parents, and insecure attachment; and, in turn, to such characteristics as terror of abandonment and the inability to regulate one's emotions or deal with conflict effectively. A concluding chapter focuses on treatment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572307926
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/20/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Donald G. Dutton, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His previous books include The Domestic Assault of Women and The Batterer. Dr. Dutton has served as an expert witness in several prominent legal cases involving domestic abuse and spousal homicide, including the O. J. Simpson case.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Early Explanations
3. Learning of Abusiveness
4. The Psychology of the Cycle of Violence
5. The Structure of the Abusive Personality
6. The Primitive Origins of Rage
7. An Anger Born of Fear: Attachment Rage
8. The Early Antecedents Studies
9. The Treatment of Assaultiveness

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