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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, ...more
Published August 22nd 2000 by Harper Perennial (first published September 1st 1999)
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Jan 14, 2008 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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Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Contempt is an interesting psychology. The ongoing persistence of it is nothing less than fascinating. In an effort to better understand the psychology of those who hate, I sought out this book a mere ten days ago, and found nothing more than an age old dilemma. People who hate with contempt were hurt as children. But what about those who were hurt as children but did not grow up prone to contempt? I believe this is an ongoing discussion in the crusty studies of criminals and alcoholics. This bo ...more
Aug 19, 2007 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
Beck provides extensive insights to the different components of anger, violence and destructive behaviors, and how cognitive therapy which involves learning to be mindful of anxious thoughts and hurt feelings, understanding and recognizing our vulnerability and the belief system that predisposes us to feel this anger or disparagement by others can help in the management of these destructive emotions and behaviors. The writing is a little dense and repeative but otherwise makes for a profound rea ...more
Amy Greenblatt
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not easy or light reading, obviously, but very helpful in understanding what's going on in people who act out their meanest impulses; how and why groups take to violence and war; and what might be done to change the distorted thinking and feelings that precede these hostile behaviors. I read it out of curiosity as I've watched the 2016 US presidential election play out and I've wondered about the hateful discourse from one of the candidates, and his popularity among many Americans.
Anthony Cleveland
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beck at his finest. Although published in 1999, Beck's description of cognitive processes are timeless and universal. The "problem" and the "resolution" lies within that three and half pound incredibly complex organ hidden safely within the human skull. A must read for any CBT clinician.
Mar 23, 2009 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.
Apr 09, 2008 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
Jun 21, 2014 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 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 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.
Carmen Lean
May 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
alright but a bit clinical and detached for me
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
BEST ever! on understanding hostility and group mentality LOVE LOVE this book.
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Aaron Temkin Beck is an American psychiatrist who is professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy, and his pioneering theories are widely used in the treatment of clinical depression. Beck also developed self-report measures of depression and anxiety, notably the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) which became ...more
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