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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: This is a captivating book that introduces numerous novel theories and perspectives on the genesis, course, and manifestation of hate in a variety of settings, including genocidal hate, as well as hate crimes and prejudice. It attempts to identify the determinants of hate through means such as exploring the writings of the ancient philosophers and scholars, as well as through an exhaustive review of the collective research and professional writings from contemporary clinical theorists on hate.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to present alternative perspectives on the psychology of hate in order to answer the question, "What is hate?" Through this collaborative effort, various theorists and clinical researchers present their insights and expertise on the complexities underlying the origins and evolution of hate. The purpose of which is to introduce novel ideas and pose theories which might facilitate a better understanding and combating of hate in all of its various forms.
Audience: This book is written primarily for clinical psychologists and those research professionals in the psychological academic setting. The shear breadth and depth of information regarding the psychological foundations of hate, including cognitive and effective perspectives, is often conveyed throughout this book in the technical and scientific language of those in advanced academic settings.
Features: This book features perhaps the finest and most extensive representation of both the classic and modern conceptions of hate. The reader is introduced to a number of different theories that answer questions about hate in related, but different ways. The scientist-practitioner and/or research scholar, among the various other readers of this book, will be impressed with the gamut of clinical, cognitive, social, and eclectic theories proposed on understanding hate in all of its forms.
Assessment: As we attempt to understand the seemingly hateful acts of violence done unto humankind by any number of individuals, groups, political or ethnic entities, we begin to realize through this great body of work that hate is an elusive concept to define. This book boldly leads the way in facilitating new ideas for research as well as offering novel theories and concepts in order to enhance our understanding of the psychology of hate.