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Hatred: The Psychological Descent Into Violence [Paperback]

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Pages   259
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 7, 2004
Publisher   PublicAffairs
ISBN  1586482602  
EAN  9781586482602  

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We all get angry at the built-in frustrations and humiliations of everyday life. But few of us ever experience the intense and perverse hatred that inspires acts of malignant violence such as suicide bombings or ethnic massacres.
In "Hatred," Dr.Willard Gaylin, one of America's most respected psychiatrists, describes how raw personal passions are transformed into acts of violence and cultures of hatred. Such hatred goes beyond mere emotion. Hatred, Gaylin explains, is a psychological disorder--a form of quasi-delusional thinking. It requires forming "a passionate attachment," an obsessive involvement with the scapegoat population. It is designed to allow the angry and frustrated individual to disavow responsibility for his own failures and misery by directing it towards a convenient victim.
Gaylin dissects the mechanisms by which cynical political and religious leaders manipulate frustrated and deprived people, leading to the acts of mass terror that threaten us all. Step-by-step, he leads us into an understanding of the psychological pathway to acts of terrorism--an understanding that is an essential to survival in a world of hatred.
"Hatred" is a masterwork in Willard Gaylin's life-long study of human emotions. Writing for the educated lay audience in the eloquent, accessible language of his bestsellers "Feelings" and "Rediscovering Love," he takes us to the very roots of hatred.

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Willard Gaylin, M.D., is the author of fifteen books, including Feelings, The Killing of Bonnie Garland, and The Rage Within. A clinical professor of psychology at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, he cofounded of The Hastings Center, a research institute for ethical issues in the life sciences.

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Hatred the psychological descent into violence  Nov 18, 2008
I have used this book for research a great deal over the past few years. It has provided me with great insight into understanding the mental illness that is Hate. When I first read it I was interested in gaining an informed perspective on the subject, free from own personally biased and limited knowledge. I have returned to it several times for specific guidence towards the resources Dr. Gaylin used to produce it and have always found it to be a concise collection of information to support my research. I would highly recommend it for anyone wishing to gain a thorough understanding of the subject matter. I purchased it because I can always use access to this knowledge.

Hatred is a decease  Oct 20, 2007
The author covered sustancial material from anger, rage, pejudice, bigotry and processes that reach patological hatred. He stated "We can guard against a sense of impotence by reflecting the anger from the self of others, concentrating on who crated the problem rather than who cannot resolve it." It's mean us. "Rage is the public face of fear in most men and many women. The two can be considered as opposite sides of the same coin, the same emergency response. Therefore, to determine what enrages a population, look for what threatens them." So seeing what threatens someone or a culture, you will find what makes them fear. Cultures of hatred and society of haters are covered great readings.

The psychiatric field should be embarrassed...  Aug 6, 2007
I read 100 pages of this book while in pure agony and despair, and yet maintained the smallest of hopes that maybe, just maybe, on the next page Gaylin would actually get into something tangible that could be taken WITHOUT a grain of salt, but it never came. Instead there was only endless kitsch-poetic blatherings about the differences between palestinian terrorists and americans with road rage. Terrorists this, blah blah, terrorists that blah blah... It just goes on and on. You'd think from the sound of it he was President Bush after 9/11, he says terrorist so much. This book is disgustingly disappointing. I was hoping to get an honest look at the human condition but I got propaganda. That's what you get for reading a book by a psychoanalyst: a whole lot of case study and thus a whole lot of nothing applicable... Sorry for anyone else who liked this book, but I just can't be honest with myself if I say I do. If you want to read something good about the roots of violent and aggressive behavior in humans, then read Demonic Males by Wrangham. He knows the balance between biological and cultural determinism. Not this guy though. This guy's a waste of time.
Delusional tripe by a delusional pseudo-psychiatrist  May 14, 2006
I would ask that Willard Gaylin burn his mail-order psychiatric degree and take classes at a real university. How anyone can claim that he is a "leading" theoretician, educator, or anything else in the field, for that matter, astounds this reviewer beyond belief. Such praise should be considered insulting to the rest of psychiatry as a whole.

This book is not "groundbreaking." It presents no new or previously unheard-of information. All that this book accomplishes is the terrible feat of translating old assumptions and excuses about racism/other hatreds, commonly made from an anglo-saxons/Americans first ideology, and the evidence commonly used to support such assumptions into mid-level technical and medical dialogue. Not quite so advanced that the average educated reader can't understand it, but high enough to lower the burden of proof. The author's supposed medical credentials lend him even more undeserved trust.

The result is a book that encourages change, but not in the manner you'd think. Instead of decreasing or raising awareness of hatred, this book demonizes a small portion of that which it claims to fight while justifying and encouraging a great deal more of the same kind of hatred targeted at other groups and individuals.

Who cares about the situation?

Who cares about one's neurological makeup?

Who cares about the fact that violent crime rates in the U.S. are the lowest they've been since the 1960s?

Who cares about any of that?

It was written by a DOCTOR! He must be right!

Nothing's subjective at all! Those filthy arabs are just jealous of America!

It disgusts this reviewer to think that such a pile of 100% grade-A concentrated propaganda can pass as a respectable psychiatric thesis. If this is the "cream of the crop", then psychiatric medicine it might as well be flushed down the toilet.

I would have given this book a lower rating, if I could. Unfortunately, this site's user-rating method is incapable of going into negative numbers.
A worthwhile read  Nov 26, 2005
Gaylin's text is eminently readable and coherent. He describes in great detail the processes leading up from prejudice to hatred, which serves to give a richer understand of what hatred actually is. Additionally, Gaylin makes a very worthwhile distinction between the "clinical phenomena" of hatred and the idea of hatred that has become so infused in folk psychology that the two are used interchangably in the popular nomenclature. However it is my opinion that some of the text contained social commentary that was heavy-handed, self-contradictory and uninformed. For example, he woefully underestimates the power of the situation in facilitating hatred or the expression of hatred through brutality. Various psychological experiments (most famously, Zimbardo's Stanford Prison experiment - have demonstrated how ordinary people can commit extraordinary acts of brutality given the "right" mix of social and environmental factors. Gaylin seems at times to largely discount the environment, but yet notes it's importance in the development and formation of hatred. What's left is a disconnect between the development and the expression of hatred, which leaves this reviewer befuddled.

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