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Hatred: The Psychological Descent Into Violence

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A renowned psychoanalyst offers a clear-eyed, thought-provoking examination of humankind's most destructive emotion, and the seductive power it has to tear our world apart
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by PublicAffairs (first published 2003)
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Gregg Sapp
I believe that in today’s online, distributed social environment, it is easier to make enemies than in the past. Anonymity of expression permits, even encourages vitriolic dialog, and the immediacy of both positive and negative response fuels an intensifying rancor. Ideologues communicate only with kindred spirits, who incite and legitimize their common prejudices. Divisions harden. Passions escalate. Civility doesn’t stand a chance.

Still, I wonder, perhaps naively, if Internet haters aren’t ju
DNF on pg.50

Does no one else find it funny I DNFed a book about hatred? Because, through the rage I feel, it is a bit ironic. I did not like, perhaps even *gasp* hated, this book on hatred.

This was written in the years immediately after 9/11, and it shows. It really shows. And, it pissed me off to no end, even in the few pages I got into this book. That was the most egregious thing that was wrong with this book, in my opinion. I could find a niggle about there not being any citations, let alone
Dec 24, 2015 Ivi_reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i had to read this for my english final, the teacher assigned a couple of chapters however i couldnt read them without having a full understanding of his theory.
what he wrote in this book are not incorrect yet some of his points lack some sort of explanation/ backup (in my opinion)
Apr 08, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really well executed book looking at the psychiatry of hatred and how it interplays with prejudice, bigotry, scapegoating, etc. Well worth the read for anyone looking at the individual roles during intractable conflict where there may be an element of hatred at play.
David Withun
Oct 16, 2012 David Withun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I had high hopes for this book, but, to be honest, I was very disappointed. Dr. Gaylin spends a great deal of the book repeating the same idea in as many different ways as he can possibly think of and engaging in tangents on a variety of subjects, including history, religion, and international relations, of which his knowledge his woefully deficient. Even when he does stay on topic and on point, I must express my disappointment and disagreement with his ideas, which seem to draw very heavily on ...more
Clearly making distinctions between paranoid schizophrenics, paranoid psychopaths and paranoid societies, as well as the necessary conditions for scapegoating and moving from blame to violence, Dr. Gaylin does a a good job trying to explain the Holocaust, Al-Queda, single terrorist actions and current and historical genocides. In the end, this topic is just too big for 247 pages, and would best be used in a group setting, where people can read, process and discuss it.
Trisha Swed
Oct 06, 2013 Trisha Swed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the worst book ever, and can be insulting, I also do not appreciate the religious undertones in the reasoning behind his claims.
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