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Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence

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World-renowned psychiatrist Dr.Aaron T. Beck, widely hailed as the father of cognitive therapy, presents a revolutionary and eye-opening look at destructive behavoir in Prisoners of Hate. He applied his established principles on the relationships bewteen thinking processes and the emotional and behavoiral expressions to the dark side of humanity. In fascinating detail, he ...more
Published August 22nd 2000 by Harper Perennial (first published September 1st 1999)
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Feb 06, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in human behavior
This book may be as close to world peace as we're ever going to be. Dr. Beck begins by stripping away the labels of good and evil, continuing on to make us aware of people's intentions. We are taught to make conjectures about what drives negative behaviors and how to respond to hostility. The main point I took from this book was that the basis of all conflict is miscommunication. If we are all equipped with this knowledge, the intensity of our conflicts will reduce a great deal.

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Mar 23, 2009 paula rated it it was amazing
From individuals to nations, Dr. Beck explores the thoughts and feelings underlying hate and acts of hate. Focusing attention on the basic feelings and beliefs that lead to violence, he shows how we may learn to think differently and defuse situations before anger & violence occur.
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Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence
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Dec 19, 2008 Melanie rated it really liked it
Beck has written to be what I found an extremely helpful guide in understanding human behavior, especially when it comes to anger and dysfuntion in relationships. I think that it is easy enough for someone unfamiliar with psychology to understand, but it is also a good read for those of us more familiar with the social sciences. I know a lot less about any wider applications of his theories beyond familial relationships, but I did learn a lot from this book on how to improve as a listener and ho ...more
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May 20, 2016 Carmen Lean rated it it was ok
alright but a bit clinical and detached for me
Aug 27, 2007 Will rated it liked it
Eh, this book suffers from being way too elementary for people familiar with cognitive behavioral theory and too caught up in psychological jargon to be appealing to lay folks. However, Beck offers some interesting ideas on how to minimize the effects of anger and violence on a more ecological level. The book could have seriously been half its length though. Beck LOVES examples and like had to drop tons of them throughout the book to expain pretty simple concepts. Slowed the pace down significan ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Isaac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the beginning of the book as it's something I can relate to, because it concerns individuals. But once started talking about the world and the countries conflicts,I started to lose my interest.
Overall, the book gives you a deep insight in why we get angry.
I like the book and I find it helpful for day to day life.
Also, there are very helpful tips for couples.
Rex Mcdaniel
Dec 20, 2013 Rex Mcdaniel rated it it was amazing
Very practical and helpful...I go to page 62 two or three times a week to get clear on ways I am taking or giving offense.

Sep 04, 2007 stephanie marked it as to-read
i love beck. love love love. i can't believe i haven't read this yet - just goes to show how many books i have on hand at all times.
Jul 15, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
BEST ever! on understanding hostility and group mentality LOVE LOVE this book.
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