Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity

Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity

by Stephen A. Diamond
     
 

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 violent behavior and psychopathology in general. In this provocative book, clinical and forensic psychologist Stephen A. Diamond determines where rage and anger originate and explores whether these powerful passions are&mdash… See more details below

Overview

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 violent behavior and psychopathology in general. In this provocative 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. Using clinical and biographical case studies, as well as striking visual images, he traces anger, rage, and violence through their most destructive expressions to their creative and transcendent functions in art, psychotherapy, and spirituality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791430767
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/19/1999
Series:
SUNY series in the Philosophy of Psychology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
1,428,630
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Rollo May
Acknowledgments

1. The Angry American: An Epidemic of Rage and Violence

Introduction
Existential Roots of Anger, Rage, and Violence

2. Sex Wars: The Animosity Between Women and Men

Fear, Anger, and Intergender Hostility
Sexual Demonization
Gender, Rage, and Violence

3. The Psychology of Evil: Devils, Demons, and the Daimonic

Demons
The Daimonic
The Devil
Mephistopheles in America
The Demoic vs. the Daimonic

4. Myths of the Unconscious: The Id, the Shadow, and the Daimonic Models, Myths, and Symbols

The Unconscious
The Id
The Shadow
The Daimonic vs. the Shadow

5. The Possession Syndrome: Demoic or Daimonic?

Obsession and Possession
Types of Possession
Genuine Possession, Pseudo-Possession, and Psychosis
Neurosis and Romance as Possession
Voluntary vs. Involuntary Possession

6. Madness, Mental Disorders, and the Daimonic: The Central Role of Anger and Rage in Psychotherapy

The Daimonic and Depth Psychology: Discovering Repressed Rage
Hostility, Anxiety, and the Daimonic
Narcissistic Rage
Depression and Anger
Drugs and the Daimonic
The Biological Basis of the Daimonic
Anger, Rage, and Madness
Psychosomatic Disorders
The Anatomy of Passion

7. Redeeming Our Devils and Demons: Dealing with Anger and Rage in Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy's Current Identity Crisis
Catharsis and the Daimonic
Exorcism and Psychotherapy
Clinical Approaches to Anger and Rage in Psychosis
Exorcism vs. Psychotherapy
Toward an Existential Depth Psychology
Discerning the Daimonic
Consecrating the Daimonic in Psychotherapy

8. Creativity, Genius, and the Daimonic

What Is Creativity?
The Meaning of Genius
Dysdaimonia and Eudaimonia
Herman Melville's Mad Captain Ahab
Jack Henry Abbott: In the Belly of Behemoth
Vincent van Gogh: Dysdaimonic Genius
Jackson Pollock: "Pissed-Off" Expressionist
Richard Wright's Daimonic Wrath
Ludwig van Beethoven: Belligerence and Beauty
Ingmar Bergman: Residing with Demons

9. Conclusion: Some Final Reflections on Anger, Rage, Guilt, and Responsibility

The Paradox of Personal Responsibility

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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