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Bad Boys, Bad Men: Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder

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Whether called black sheep, sociopaths, felons, con men, or misfits, some men break all the rules. They shirk everyday responsibilities, abuse drugs and alcohol, take up criminal careers, and lash out at family members. In the worst cases, they commit rape, murder, and other acts of extreme violence as though they lack a conscience. What makes these men--men we all know, w ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 20th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1999)
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Miriam
Feb 17, 2011 Miriam rated it it was amazing
I was actually one of the people Don asked to review and comment on this book pre-publication. Don did a great job explaining this personality disorder for the general public. My only concern is that he does not understand how difficult it is for women involved with these men to get away from them. He was originally somewhat condescending, like many people are, "just leave", but toned it down quite a bit after my comments, and included some suggestions for how to go about leaving. However, he st ...more
Ellis Amdur
Jan 15, 2015 Ellis Amdur rated it liked it
This is a pretty good book. However, it is like the Hubble Telescope before they put the proper lenses in – you can see the objects better than you would otherwise, but there is still a blur. Black is an eminent researcher and clinician, and the book cites a number of valuable works (the bibliography alone is probably worth the book). However, despite being aware of, even citing, the work of Robert Hare, he doesn’t adequately learn from his work. Based on his note on Hare’s book at the end of hi ...more
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This book was alright. It didn't shed any new light on anything about ASPD for me, but it was better than Raine's "Anatomy of Violence" in that Black made the distinction between psychopath and antisocial. But he didn't elaborate on anything too much and in fact cited Raine's studies a couple times. What bothered me is Black implied that the majority of antisocials are incompetents who are either alcoholics or drug addicts. I'm glad that he acknowledged certain ones that weren't, and I understan ...more
False Millennium
Despite the cover, a serious work about antisocial personality disorder with case studies. I felt some of the studies were from dated subjects, but overall a well-written book about what APD is, reasons why it may exist, how it can be treated (not easily)...and more.
space
Dec 31, 2007 space rated it really liked it
Ah. I *love* personality disorders, having been diagnosed with several. My *self* diagnosis is one of "Narcissistic Personality Disorder with Anti-Social Tendencies". It's the narcissism that has (mostly) kept me free of the grasp of institutions and has helped me shirk "responsibility" for my "anti-social" (which should be read "self-destructive") behaviors (it's a miserable life though- like living in a 19th Cent. Russian novel- say, some Turgenev- written by Dickens).

Anyway, like most modern
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David
Apr 26, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
update of a book initially published about a dozen years earlier. even-handed, fairly dry review of what's known about causes and treatment of psychopathy/Antisocial personality, illustrated by vignettes from the lives of people interviewed in his longitudinal study as well as famous criminal cases.

not a terrific writer and if you're familiar with the literature on this subject it's not anything dramatically different or novel as a take on the disorder, but the inherently interesting subject mat
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Valarie
May 22, 2015 Valarie rated it it was amazing
Very easy to read. Highly recommended to help deal if you happen to find yourself dealing with an antisocial. Lots of details, real life examples, research and extremely interesting.
Emily
Apr 20, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating look into the psychology of psychopaths.
Kathleen
Fairly good book. Some stereotypes but some interesting links between conduct disorder and sociopathy.
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can't discuss this book. can't rate it either. i ordered the updated edition.
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Frightening and informative
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