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Man Into Wolf - An Anthropological Interpretation of Sadism, Masochism, and Lycanthropy

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This vintage work contains a treatise on an anthropological interpretation of sadism, masochism, and lycanthropy, which has been compiled from the notes of a lecture delivered at a meeting of the 'Royal Society of Medicine'. This fascinating and arresting collection of notes will be of considerable utility to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or the influential work of ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by West Press (first published 1969)
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Velvetink
Jan 31, 2008 Velvetink rated it it was ok
Where is the archaeological evidence?
Mostly unsubstantiated collection of myths and old wives tales cobbled together.
Hilary
This book took me what felt like forever and a day to finish.

I would have given this three stars, and happily, were it not for the format in which the book was published. The content of the book was, while at times outdated, enjoyable and thought-provoking. The subject of the book was also extremely interesting, and what drew me to it in the first place. While I was expecting an anthropological study of sadism, masochism, and lycanthropy (it was the thought of an anthropological study of lycanth
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Wolf Price
Feb 09, 2012 Wolf Price rated it it was ok
Shouldn't really be called "...Interpretation of Sadism, Masochism..." because the touching bases of those two topics are indeed just that, touching base; which he does twice for Sadism, in the beginning and end, and once for Masochism (in the beginning, but he seems rather uninterested in mans' inclination toward punishment/pain). It would rather, more appropriately, be called "An Interpretation on the History of Human Violence through Anthropological Hypothesis Involving the Origins of ...more
Anne
Jul 27, 2010 Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays-nonfic
This is the posthumous publication of the reconstruction of a speech given to the Psychiatric section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1948, complete with 200+ pages of notes and appendices, most of which consist of classical and mythological references filtered through a thick Jungian lens to justify and explain sadism, masochism and lycanthropy as evolutionary outcomes of a division of early man into a peaceful tribe and a more warlike tribe.

Pretty much everything (myth, legend, philosophy
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Mlhoward
Feb 14, 2008 Mlhoward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best work of non-fiction that I have ever read. This book, by a survivor of the Nazi death camps is a fascinating treatise investigating the cruelty of man against man. While somewhat dry at points... it is nonetheless full of interesting tidbits and accounts of horror dating back centuries.
Eugene Plawiuk
A ground breaking work for the time which was immediately after WWII. Deals with psychopathology of vampirism and werewolf phenomena, linking it to Sadism and Masochism, for the first time, early identification of a phenomena that we would later link to the outbreak of serial killers and psychopathic mass murderers.'
Another earlier work that compliments this is Human Animals by Frank Hamel.
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Aug 12, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
Was an interesting read. It was actually only 31 pages with a ton of notes/bibliography stuff. In general tho, it was interesting.
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