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The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty

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Borderline personality disorder, autism, narcissism, psychosis, Asperger's: All of these syndromes have one thing in common--lack of empathy. In some cases, this absence can be dangerous, but in others it can simply mean a different way of seeing the world.

In The Science of Evil Simon Baron-Cohen, an award-winning British researcher who has investigated psychology and autism for decades, develops a new brain-based theory of human cruelty. A true psychologist, however, he examines social and environmental factors that can erode empathy, including neglect and abuse.

Based largely on Baron-Cohen's own research, The Science of Evil will change the way we understand and treat human cruelty.

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A pathbreaking autism researcher explores why some people lack empathy and what that absence means for our psychological understanding of evil.

About the Author

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the departments of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. He is the Director of the Universitys Autism Research Centre, and a Fellow of Trinity College. He has received the Spearman Medal, the May Davison Award for Clinical Psychology, and the Presidents Award from the British Psychological Society. He has also won the McAndless Award from the American Psychological Association. His previous books include The Essential Difference and Mindblindness. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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Catherine Spencer-Mills, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Catherine Spencer-Mills)
While there is a wealth of technical information, this book is very approachable for the non-professional reader. Implications of Dr. Cohen's research apply in our daily lives as well as in a clinical setting. If you are having problems with a very difficult boss or significant other, it may not be your fault. Just that knowledge should give you the ability to step back and analyze what other options might be available for you. If you are a clinician or health care provider, I think a better understanding of your own empathic feelings and the response of your clients and patients will be of enormous assistance.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465031429
Author:
Baron Cohen, Simon
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Author:
Baron-Cohen, Simon
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Pathological Psychology
Subject:
Psychology - Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 18

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