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"Clearly written, informative, and filled with intriguing stories of real people....Tells us what we need to know about antisocial personality disorder. A wonderful book."--John M. Oldham, MD, Columbia University
1. A Lurking Threat: Antisocial Personality Disorder and Society
2. Searching for Answers: The Evolving Psychiatric View of Antisocial Personality Disorder
3. Bad Boys to Bad Men: The Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder
4. Naming the Problem: The Diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder
5. Divergent Paths: The Natural History of Antisocial Personality Disorder
6. Seeds of Despair: The Causes of Antisocial Personality Disorder
7. Overcoming Antisocial Personality Disorder: Options for Treatment
8. Power and Pretense: The Hidden Antisocials
9. The Antisocial Murderer: Gacy and Others
10. Antisocial Personality Disorder and Families: Finding Ways to Cope Epilogue: Dispelling the Myths Notes Recommended Readings Index
Posted June 25, 2003
Genetic determinism has been with us since the bible. Recent advances in genome and proteome studies debunk both radical claims: 'people are born bad' (bad seeds hypothesis) and 'people are corrupted by bad parents and society' (the tabula rasa approach). It seems that genes and environment interact, recursively influencing each other. So are crime and moral dissolution hereditary mental disorders - or learned behavior patterns? The author votes for the former in this impressive but accessible introductory text, replete with dozens of case studies and recent scientific data. Still, social and domestic ills such as abuse and poverty, admits Black, a psychiatrist, play a role, at least in unlocking the criminal 'potential'. One should applaud the author's honesty in admitting his own profession's helplessness in the face of these depraved and largely untreatable personality disorders. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.
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