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Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream : A Forensic Psychiatrist Illuminates the Darker Side of Human Behavior

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Robert Simon's Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream: A Forensic Psychiatrist Illuminates the Darker Side of Human Behavior is that rare title that is both essential reading for the mental health professional and accessible in style and content to the fascinated lay reader. In twelve powerful and provocative chapters, the author introduces readers to a psychological perspective on evil, character and destiny, as well as the making of good men and women. Simon also illuminates the psychology of psychopaths, serial killers, rapists and all manner of evil characters who appall and challenge us by their very existence. He rejects the common belief that his subjects are "monsters" with nothing in common with the more "normal" among us. Simon posits that if we deny our dark side, it can only obscure our understanding of violent offenders and impede our ability to both know ourselves and control our own, at times, unacceptable impulses.The author is among the foremost experts in forensic psychiatry. He is Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Author or co-author of more than two dozen books and editions, including the foundational Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, Simon has made important contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry for more than 30 years. He is also an eloquent writer with a dramatic, yet nuanced, narrative style that takes the reader inside the mind of the evildoer.The first edition of this groundbreaking work garnered uniformly superlative reviews and was translated into several languages. This updated version retains Simon's engrossing portrayals and keen insight, while offering a number of key enhancements. The highlights include:  Explorations of the Internet and violence, "corporate" psychopaths, cyberstalkers, perpetrators of school violence, and a new cast of serial killers, terrorists, and other evildoers. A psychological perspective on evil, serial killers, and us. Updates on the neuroscience and genetics of deviant behaviors. Reflections on empathy, character, and destiny: the making of good men and women. A new foreword by Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Founder, Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School, that illuminates Simon's thesis and grounds it in historical context. Graphic but never sensational, unsparing but never cold, Simon's writing transcends the theoretical and achieves that most difficult of aims: leading readers to discover, contain, and transform the darkness within us all, to the betterment of our human condition.show more

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  • Paperback | 339 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • Updated ed.
  • 4 Tables, unspecified
  • 158562294X
  • 9781585622948
  • 609,739

About Robert I. Simon

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and founder and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.show more

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What sort of person kills, then cannibalizes his victim? Or stalks and terrorizes his prey? And what separates him from the rest of us? In Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream: a Forensic Psychiatrist Illuminates the Darker Side of Human Behavior, Robert I. Simon, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine, trains the Klieg light of his intellect and experience to illuminate our shadowy world and that of violent criminals -- a difference more of degree than of kind. Mental health professionals will find this updated version essential reading, but its engrossing narrative, graphic case studies and powerfully compelling conclusions will fascinate lay readers and amateur sleuths, as well. Thickly populated with psychopaths, serial killers, rapists, and all manner of evildoers, Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream: a Forensic Psychiatrist Illuminates the Darker Side of Human Behavior is at once a fascinating exploration of deviancy, a look at the protective factors that grant most of us "normality," and a meditation on what it means to be fully human.show more

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"it is a fascinating discussion of several varieties of abnormal, antisocial, often heinously violent human behavior from a psychiatric point of view. It offers insights into the so-called "dark side" of the human element by a very experienced, and very human, clinical professor and forensic psychiatrist. It is full of good information about topics that engender mystery and misunderstanding among both lay and professional readers. It is offered by a reputable publisher of clinical and academic books."-- "William H. Reid, M.D., MPH, Journal of Psychiatric Practice ", "January 2010"show more

Table of contents

ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. Illuminating the Darker Side of Human BehaviorChapter 2. Human Killing Machines and UsChapter 3. PsychopathsChapter 4. Why Do They Rape?Chapter 5. StalkersChapter 6. Workplace ViolenceChapter 7. Multiple Personality and CrimeChapter 8. The Ultimate BetrayalChapter 9. You Only Die Once -- But Did You Intend It?Chapter 10. Messianic MadnessChapter 11. Serial Sexual KillersChapter 12. Character and DestinyBibliographyIndexshow more

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