People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil

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In this absorbing and equally inspiring companion volume to his classic trilogy?The Road Less Traveled, Further Along the Road Less Traveled, and The Road Less Traveled and Beyond?Dr. M. Scott Peck brilliantly probes into the essence of human evil.

People who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures. Peck demonstrates the havoc these people of the lie work in the lives of those around them. He presents, from vivid incidents ...

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Overview

In this absorbing and equally inspiring companion volume to his classic trilogy—The Road Less Traveled, Further Along the Road Less Traveled, and The Road Less Traveled and Beyond—Dr. M. Scott Peck brilliantly probes into the essence of human evil.

People who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures. Peck demonstrates the havoc these people of the lie work in the lives of those around them. He presents, from vivid incidents encountered in his psychiatric practice, examples of evil in everyday life.

This book is by turns disturbing, fascinating, and altogether impossible to put down as it offers a strikingly original approach to the age-old problem of human evil.

In this 300,000 copy best-seller he uses the same approach in a strikingly original analysis of human evil; he points the way to healing it, starting with ourselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684848594
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 69,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Scott Peck, M.D. is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Road Less Traveled, with six million copies in print. His other books include Further Along the Road Less Traveled, The Road Less Traveled and Beyond, Meditations from the Road and Golf and the Spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2004

    This book will scare you!

    When I first began to read this book, I expected to find some insights into people with disturbed personalities. But instead I was disturbed to find insights into myself! This book frightened and enlighted me as I began to recognize traits of the 'people of the lie' in my own personality. If you want a book that will really make you cringe at the faults you will find in yourself that you never before realized were there, this is it. It is a great tool for self-analysis if you can handle the requisite honesty.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Human Evil Is Given A Face

    ¿People Of The Lie: The Hope For Healing Human Evil¿ by M. Scott Peck, MD is a book I read several years ago but re-read it recently when a friend gave me a copy upon hearing how much I love Dr. Peck¿s writing. M. Scott Peck¿s writing is perfection, in my opinion, not only for the words he uses but because of the thoughts and ideas behind those words. He is an unlimited thinker who has the habit of examining every angle of and answer to each question he dares to ask. At every turn of the page, Dr. Peck provokes one to think right along with him, making even complicated points easily accessible to understand. A psychiatrist/thinker who has long graduated beyond the walls of Harvard, M. Scott Peck pioneered the integration of the science of psychology and spirituality. The thesis of ¿People Of The Lie¿ is that ¿evil can be defined as a specific form of mental illness and should be subject to at least the same intensity of scientific investigation that we would devote to some other major psychiatric disease.¿ He believes human evil should be scientifically studied, diagnosed and treated just as schizophrenia or neurasthenia. Among the chapters, Dr. Peck takes the reader to his psychiatric practice to meet a few of his patients and their families, giving a clinical description of an evil personality, as well as a journey to 1968 MyLai, province of South Vietnam, for a view of group evil in war-time as an example and discussion of the group/gang mentality. The term and title ¿People Of The Lie¿ refers to the cover-up, pretense and lie of those who refuse to acknowledge their own imperfections, those who flee the light of self-exposure and the voice of their own conscience. Those who instead practice scapegoating, attacking and blaming others, projection, lack of empathy, and judging others, hoping their own flaws will seem less noticeable. In other words, people of the lie deceive and lie to themselves to avoid their true selves, which in turn deceives others. They point their finger at others first so that none can suspect them of a wrong-doing or weakness, believing an offensive attitude will prevent the need for defense. This book¿s premise is summarized near its ending as Dr. Peck says there are profound reasons to suspect that traditional value-free science is no longer serving the needs of mankind. ¿The major threat to our survival no longer stem from nature without but from our own human nature within. It is our carelessness, our hostilities, our selfishness and pride and willful ignorance that endanger the world.¿ ¿A very interesting and timeless book indeed¿

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    Get this book - even if you have to beg, borrow or...STEAL it

    'People of the Lie' is quite simply the most compeling, thorough disertation ever written on the subject of...er, on the subject of...ehm...well, actually, I've forgotten what the devil this book is about! But it's got really nice pictures!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    GUARANTEED!! someone you know is in this book

    this book is absolutely compelling. a MUST read for EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING. hands down the best explanation of the human element i have discovered thus far. ts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    This book did not appeal to me

    I got the book because it made sense to me that people who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures, but upon browsing through the book I noticed that many parts were more in the realm of religion than psychology. The author say that he does not suspect that "Satan actively recruits the commonly evil to it's work....Given the dynamics of sin and narcissism, I suspect they recruit themselves."

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    People of the Lie

    I found the book disturbing. It is innovative to put theology into the context of psychology, but there are inherent dangers to it. Mr. Peck dabbled with eastern religions and Christianity. The cases are interesting but I cannot help but wonder if somehow, Mr. Peck's own spiritual, psychological and emotional struggles somehow tainted the objectivity of his conclusions. At the same time, actions and how a person lives his/her life is a more powerful witness to me than what a person preaches, no matter how intellectually brilliant or logical he/she may be.

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