Anger, Madness and the Daimonic: The Paradoxical Power of Rage in Violence, Evil and Creativity

Anger, Madness and the Daimonic: The Paradoxical Power of Rage in Violence, Evil and Creativity

by Stephen A. Diamond
     
 

We are in the midst of an escalating rage epidemic. Mass killings are on the rise in America and other countries around the globe. Anger or rage--and the unrelenting desire for recognition, revenge or retribution--is almost always the underlying motivation for such terrifying explosions of violence. Though the causes of violence in our society are complex, the… See more details below

Overview

We are in the midst of an escalating rage epidemic. Mass killings are on the rise in America and other countries around the globe. Anger or rage--and the unrelenting desire for recognition, revenge or retribution--is almost always the underlying motivation for such terrifying explosions of violence. Though the causes of violence in our society are complex, the troublesome human emotions of anger and rage play a central role in the genesis of evil, violent behavior and psychopathology in general. In this newly revised electronic edition of his provocative and critically acclaimed 1996 book, clinical and forensic psychologist Stephen A. Diamond determines where rage and anger originate and explores whether these powerful passions are—as most people presume—purely negative, pathological and evil or can be meaningfully redeemed and redirected into constructive activity. Employing concrete examples from contemporary culture, clinical and biographical case studies, as well as striking visual images, Dr. Diamond traces anger, rage, and violence through their most destructive expressions to their creative and transcendent functions in art, psychotherapy, and spirituality. He provides a penetrating existential and depth psychological analysis of the perplexing problems posed today by anger and rage--acknowledging that even trained mental health professionals misunderstand and mismanage it in their treatments--and offers an alternative approach to more productively deal with anger in psychotherapy and society.

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Editorial Reviews

Psychoanalytic Books - Carl Goldberg, Ph.D.
"[R]ecommended. . . . [D]raws 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."
AHP Perspective - Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
"Anger, Madness and the Daimonic explores the origin of anger and rage and how they can be canalized into constructive activity. This provocative book masterfully handles a complicated topic."
San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal - Steven Herrmann, Ph.D.
". . . [R]evolutionary. . . . The daimonic today is . . . the pursuing shadow of the human potential movement. . . . Diamond's book is a key to our understanding of . . . how to deal constructively with . . . anger and rage in psychotherapy and most importantly, how to transform them creatively."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016286204
Publisher:
DIAMOND
Publication date:
02/16/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
402
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Licensed clinical and forensic psychologist Stephen A. Diamond is a former pupil and protégé of Dr. Rollo May, and the author of Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity (1996, foreword by Rollo May). Other publications include chapters in the best-selling anthology Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature (Tarcher/Putnam, 1991), Spirituality and Psychological Health (Colorado School of Professional Psychology Press, 2005), Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil (Humana Press, 2005), The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Springer, 2009), as well as various professional articles in the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, the Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, and the Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies among others. Dr. Diamond is former Assistant Clinical Professor and Training Clinic Director at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University). He has also taught courses at John F. Kennedy University, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University), Argosy University, Ryokan College, and the C.G. Jung Institut-Zurich (Switzerland). Dr. Diamond has been a practicing clinician for thirty-five years, specializing primarily in adult psychodynamic and existential psychotherapy or what he calls "existential depth psychology." He served for more than a decade as a member of the Approved Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists for the Los Angeles County Superior Court (Criminal Division), and additionally for several years before that with the criminal division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Dr. Diamond formerly provided clinical supervision to graduate students at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Westwood and maintains a private psychotherapy practice near Beverly Hills. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and regularly writes an ongoing blog ("Evil Deeds") for Psychology Today. He currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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