James Pratt's Reviews > People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil

People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it

I read this book a long time ago on a recommendation from a friend, then later bought my own copy and reread it. I find the idea of evil as a psychological phenomena very interesting and that’s the crux of this book. The author defines evil as “malignant narcissism”, whereby the narcissist creates a sort of fantasy world with himself at the center of the universe and manipulates those around him to perpetuate this fantasy. The religion angle the author tossed in was a little weird though, especially considering this book is supposed to be about psychology, not spirituality. Overall I found it very interesting and thought-provoking.

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