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

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

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by Benjamin B. Wolman
     
 

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573927017
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
903,156
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.

Table of Contents

Preface9
1The Present Situation13
The Facts15
Self-Defeating Liberals20
2Sociopathic Adults27
Clinical Practice31
Sociopathic Behavior33
Violent Sociopaths35
Power40
The Proliferation of Violence41
Charming Sociopaths43
Passive Sociopaths47
Some Personality Problems51
Hypochondriasis51
Drug Addiction51
Sexual Behavior52
Inferiority-Superiority52
3Sociopathy in Childhood and Adolescence55
The Dual Role of Childhood59
Early Childhood61
The Origin of the Ego63
Origins of the Superego64
Violent Behavior in Childhood67
School Years69
Adolescence73
Aggressive Behavior76
College Years81
Overstayed Adolescence: A Sociopathic Symptom85
4The Causes of the Rise of Sociopathy91
Genetics93
Mental Disorders95
The Role of the Family103
The Current Crisis105
Wealthy Families106
Parental Rejection109
Maternal Deprivation110
Parent Against Parent111
Spousal Abuse112
Child Abuse114
The Teenage "Culture"120
Sociocultural Issues124
Television125
Deculturation126
Violence128
5Historical and International Data131
Our Culture134
The Illusion of Power135
Justification of Violence138
Terrorism141
Continuous Violence142
Quo Vadis, Humanitas?145
6What We Can Do: Public Responsibility147
The Growing Anger149
Limited Morality150
The Meaning of Freedom152
The Attraction of Power154
What Can We Do?155
Preventive Action155
Where Are We Now?156
How to Restrain Violence158
Moral Education162
7What We Can Do: Moral Education165
Education and Discipline168
College Education171
Defining Education173
The Study of Aims175
The Need for Restraint from Within181
Self-Education and Self-Discipline182
8Educational Perspectives185
Biosocial Perspectives187
Parental Care190
Social Cultural Perspectives192
Can Violence Be Controlled?192
Education Starts at Home194
Bibliography197
Index205

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