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In this book, clinical psychologist Stephen A. Diamond determines where anger and rage originate and explores whether these powerful passions are - as most people believe - purely negative, pathological, and evil or can be meaningfully redeemed and rechanneled into constructive activity. What is the psychobiological significance of such feelings? And what is the psychological link between anger, rage, violence, evil, and creativity? Drawing on the discoveries of depth psychologists such as Freud, Jung, Adler, ...
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Overview

In this book, clinical psychologist Stephen A. Diamond determines where anger and rage originate and explores whether these powerful passions are - as most people believe - purely negative, pathological, and evil or can be meaningfully redeemed and rechanneled into constructive activity. What is the psychobiological significance of such feelings? And what is the psychological link between anger, rage, violence, evil, and creativity? Drawing on the discoveries of depth psychologists such as Freud, Jung, Adler, Rank, Reich, and Rollo May, as well as the work of other contemporary psychotherapeutic pioneers, Diamond examines these timely yet eternal questions.
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Journal of Analytical Psychology
Powerful....[F]ascinating....[Diamond] conducts a critical audit of the contemporary American zeitgeist, cataloguing examples of the epidemic of 'senseless' violence and of antagonism between the sexes. He asks what produces serial killers, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Bobbitt castration case, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and explores more generally the male response to the rise of feminist anger....[E]njoyable, extremely readable and accessible....[A] sincere, thought-provoking contribution to an important subject.
Contemporary Psychology
In this remarkable book, Stephen Diamond follows the work of his mentor, Rollo May (1969), in focusing on the ancient Greek idea of the 'daimonic' which he distinguishes from the 'demonic'....Diamond stresses the dual nature of the daimonic and the failure of modern society to distinguish it from the wholly evil demonic as a factor in two, for Diamond, linked problems: first, the rampant outbursts of violence...,and second, the failures of contemporary cost-effective psychotherapies to address those forces in the human being that evoke antisocial behavior and at the same time have the capacity to free up the same individual's deepest creative energy.
Ernest Becker Foundation Newsletter
[A] comprehensive, [very valuable] work detailing the powers for good and evil of which humans are capable....[Diamond] presents disturbing and insightful biographies of Kipling, Melville..., van Gogh, Wright, Beethoven, and Bergman, each wrestling with their personal daimons through the creative process....His cataloguing of the history of the phenomenology of the unconscious--from medieval beliefs that the voices people heard were demons or angels, to Freud's Id, to Jung's Shadow--is both brilliant and an indispensable resource for every student of human personality.
Psychoanalytic Books
[R]ecommended.... [Dr. Diamond] . . . draws on the discoveries of Freud, Jung, Adler, Rank, Reich, and Rollo May, as well as cultural and religious myths, to discuss with impressive scholarship and insight the origins and psychodynamics of destructive people.
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Diamond determines where anger and rage originate and explores whether these powerful passions are--as most people believe--purely negative, pathological, and evil or can be meaningfully redeemed and rechanneled into constructive activity. Drawing on the discoveries of Freud, Jung, Adler, Rank, Reich, and Rollo May, as well as the work of other contemporary psychotherapeutic pioneers, he examines the psychobiological significance of these feelings and the link between anger, rage, violence, evil and creativity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

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Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 The Angry American: An Epidemic of Rage and Violence 1
2 Sex Wars: The Animosity Between Women and Men 33
3 The Psychology of Evil: Devils, Demons, and the Daimonic 55
4 Myths of the Unconscious: The Id, the Shadow, and the Daimonic 87
5 The Possession Syndrome: Demonic or Daimonic? 111
6 Madness, Mental Disorders, and the Daimonic: The Central Role of Anger and Rage in Psychopathology 137
7 Redeeming Our Devils and Demons: Dealing with Anger and Rage in Psychotherapy 181
8 Creativity, Genius, and the Daimonic 255
9 Conclusion: Some Final Reflections on Anger, Rage, Guilt, and Responsibility 299
Notes 313
Bibliography 355
Index 377
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