Antisocial Behavior: Personality Disorders from Hostility to Homicide / Edition 1

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Antisocial behavior takes on many forms, from rebellious teens with green hair and pierced skin to the truly dangerous homicidal individuals whose horrible stories fill our newspapers. Parents worry about their children as they are exposed to the heated climate of violence in contemporary society, a time of decaying morals and values.

The rise in sociopathic behavior among adults and children, whether in tense inner cities or in tranquil suburban and rural settings, is masterfully chronicled by Dr. Benjamin B. Wolman, a leading psychologist and noted national expert who has studied these trends for over half a century. "There is a growing incidence of sociopathic antisocial behavior . . . coupled with an attitude of moral apathy," Dr. Wolman asserts. He cites international statistics pointing to a showdown between dangerous individuals-the violent, the charming, and the passive-and the societies that create them.

How has the spread of democratic ideals actually increased the potential for antisocial behavior? What social and cultural factors must be changed if free societies are to reduce this alarming trend?

Rather than simply complain about the problem, Dr. Wolman examines the familial and societal causes, and proposes clear-cut solutions to the problem-including radical changes to our educational system and the mass media.

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Editorial Reviews

A leading psychologist who edits the not only analyzes the familial and societal roots of escalating sociopathic behavior in the US, but also proposes changes in education starting at home and the mass media to counter aggressive behavior. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573927017
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 935,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin B. Wolman, Ph.D., the author or editor of 42 books in psychology and the editor of the International Journal of Group Tensions, has been in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for over 60 years.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
1 The Present Situation 13
The Facts 15
Self-Defeating Liberals 20
2 Sociopathic Adults 27
Clinical Practice 31
Sociopathic Behavior 33
Violent Sociopaths 35
Power 40
The Proliferation of Violence 41
Charming Sociopaths 43
Passive Sociopaths 47
Some Personality Problems 51
Hypochondriasis 51
Drug Addiction 51
Sexual Behavior 52
Inferiority-Superiority 52
3 Sociopathy in Childhood and Adolescence 55
The Dual Role of Childhood 59
Early Childhood 61
The Origin of the Ego 63
Origins of the Superego 64
Violent Behavior in Childhood 67
School Years 69
Adolescence 73
Aggressive Behavior 76
College Years 81
Overstayed Adolescence: A Sociopathic Symptom 85
4 The Causes of the Rise of Sociopathy 91
Genetics 93
Mental Disorders 95
The Role of the Family 103
The Current Crisis 105
Wealthy Families 106
Parental Rejection 109
Maternal Deprivation 110
Parent Against Parent 111
Spousal Abuse 112
Child Abuse 114
The Teenage "Culture" 120
Sociocultural Issues 124
Television 125
Deculturation 126
Violence 128
5 Historical and International Data 131
Our Culture 134
The Illusion of Power 135
Justification of Violence 138
Terrorism 141
Continuous Violence 142
Quo Vadis, Humanitas? 145
6 What We Can Do: Public Responsibility 147
The Growing Anger 149
Limited Morality 150
The Meaning of Freedom 152
The Attraction of Power 154
What Can We Do? 155
Preventive Action 155
Where Are We Now? 156
How to Restrain Violence 158
Moral Education 162
7 What We Can Do: Moral Education 165
Education and Discipline 168
College Education 171
Defining Education 173
The Study of Aims 175
The Need for Restraint from Within 181
Self-Education and Self-Discipline 182
8 Educational Perspectives 185
Biosocial Perspectives 187
Parental Care 190
Social Cultural Perspectives 192
Can Violence Be Controlled? 192
Education Starts at Home 194
Bibliography 197
Index 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    Don't buy it !!!

    Mr Wolman sounds more like a Jerry Fallwell. He raves on like an extreme right wing psychologist who has spent his entire life doing the '45 minute' objective interview. He does not once indicate one person that he has helped and leaves the reader feeling like we are all caught up in a barbed wire ball and the only alternative is Hitler revisited. The author does not offer any hope for the psychopath, sociopath or society. I do not remember seeing one comment on cognitive therapy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    A Social Disorder

    Wolman explores the foundations of antisocial behavior: pathological narcissism, self-indulgent culture, and promiscuous parenting. In an age of political correctness and moral relativism, the author does not hesitate to point to ethical upbringing as the solution. He traces the psychodynamics of deviant behavior back to childhood abuse and trauma - though he regrettably emphasizes nurture almost to the exclusion of nature. The book could use editing - but it is a worthwhile contribution to the topic. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.

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