Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil by Tom MasonForensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil by Tom Mason

Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil

byTom Mason

Paperback | November 5, 2010

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An international panel of experts from diverse specialties examine the idea of "evil" in a medical context, specifically a mental health setting, to consider how the concept can be usefully interpreted, and to elucidate its relationship to forensic psychiatry. The authors challenge the belief that the concept of "evil" plays no role in "scientific" psychiatry and is not helpful to our understanding of aberrant human thinking and behavior. Among the viewpoints up for debate are a consideration of organizations as evil structures, the "medicalization" of evil, destruction as a constructive choice, violence as a secular evil, talking about evil when it is not supposed to exist, and the influence of evil on forensic clinical practice. Among the highlights are a psychological exploration of the notion of "evil" and a variety of interesting research methods used to explore the nature of "evil."
Title:Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of EvilFormat:PaperbackDimensions:388 pagesPublished:November 5, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionTom MasonOrganizations As Evil StructuresDave Holmes and Cary FedermanThe Psychopharmaceutical ComplexBrian KeanIntention, Excuse, and InsanityTamas PatakiAn Archaeology of the Psychopath: The Medicalization of EvilTom MasonThe Comforts of Evil: Dangerous Personalities in High-Security Hospitals and the Horror FilmMick McKeown and Mark Stowell-SmithMadness, Badness, and EvilDeidre N. GreigDestruction As a Constructive ChoiceDavid A. WinterViolence As Secular Evil: Forensic Evaluation and Treatment of Violent Offenders From the Viewpoint of Existential Depth PsychologyStephen A. DiamondScapegoat, Spectacle, and Confessional: Close Encounters With Sex Offenders and Other Species of Dangerous IndividualsDave Mercer and Joel RichmanThe Vilification of Victimized Children in Historical PerspectiveVictoria Van SlykeEvil: A Clinical PerspectiveJ. David KinzieCapacities and Dispositions: What Psychiatry and Psychology Have to Say About EvilGwen AdsheadShould Radical Evil Be Forgiven?Marguerite La CazeMad, Bad, and Evil: Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and EvilMichael LevineTalking About Evil, Even When It Is Not Supposed to ExistC. Fred AlfordThe Influence of Evil on Forensic Clinical PracticeTom Mason, Joel Richman, and Dave MercerHope in the Face of EvilGeri Miller and Ron HoodIndex