The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

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by Donald Dutton, Susan Golant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465033881

ISBN-13: 9780465033881

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Basic Books


What kind of man deliberately hurts the woman he loves? Drawing on his pathbreaking studies of more than seven hundred abusive men, as well as therapy with hundreds more, Dutton paints a dramatic and surprising portrait of the man who assaults his intimate partner.  See more details below

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What kind of man deliberately hurts the woman he loves? Drawing on his pathbreaking studies of more than seven hundred abusive men, as well as therapy with hundreds more, Dutton paints a dramatic and surprising portrait of the man who assaults his intimate partner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465033881
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
209
Sales rank:
680,057
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Drowning in a Red Tide3
2Are All Batterers Alike?22
3The Cycle of Violence and the Abusive Personality39
4Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Telling Clue61
5Shame: The Father's Contribution78
6Ambivalent and Angry Attachment: The Mother's Contribution94
7Learning the Ways of Violence117
8The Assaultive Man as an Adolescent131
9The Borderline Male: The Cycle of Fear and Rage140
10Helping the Abusive Man159
11Some Practical Tips181
Notes187
References193
Index201

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The Batterer: A Psychological Profile 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A much-needed exposition of the habitual batterer's mind, based on hundreds of real-life cases. This book expels the myth that there is a 'typical' abuser. There isn't. Abuse cuts across all professions, social-economic strata, levels of income and education, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and location. To embark on our exploration of the abusive mind, we first need to agree on a taxonomy of abusive behaviours. Methodically observing abuse is the surest way of getting to know the perpetrators. Abusers appear to be suffering from dissociation (multiple personality). At home, they are intimidating and suffocating monsters - outdoors, they are wonderful, caring, giving, and much-admired pillars of the community. Why this duplicity? It is only partly premeditated and intended to disguise the abuser's acts. More importantly, it reflects the his inner world, where the victims are nothing but two-dimensional representations, objects, devoid of emotions and needs, or mere extensions of his self. Thus, to the abuser's mind, his quarries do not merit humane treatment, nor do they evoke empathy. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.