Synopses & Reviews
A renowned psychoanalyst offers a clear-eyed, thought-provoking examination of humankind's most destructive emotion, and the seductive power it has to tear our world apart.
We all get angry at the built-in frustrations and humiliations of everyday life. But few of us ever experience the intense and perverse hatred that inspires acts of malignant violence such as suicide bombings or ethnic massacres.
In Hatred, Dr. Willard Gaylin, one of America's most respected psychiatrists, describes how raw personal passions are transformed into acts of violence and cultures of hatred. Such hatred goes beyond mere emotion. Hatred, Gaylin explains, is a psychological disorder a form of quasi-delusional thinking. It requires forming "a passionate attachment," an obsessive involvement with the scapegoat population. It is designed to allow the angry and frustrated individual to disavow responsibility for his own failures and misery by directing it towards a convenient victim.
Gaylin dissects the mechanisms by which cynical political and religious leaders manipulate frustrated and deprived people, leading to the acts of mass terror that threaten us all. Step-by-step, he leads us into an understanding of the psychological pathway to acts of terrorism an understanding that is an essential to survival in a world of hatred.
Hatred is a masterwork in Willard Gaylin's life-long study of human emotions. Writing for the educated lay audience in the eloquent, accessible language of his bestsellers Feelings and Rediscovering Love, he takes us to the very roots of hatred.
"With enough space I might reconstruct the subtle, precise ways [Gaylin] distinguishes among anger, rage, prejudice...and other emotional states. But I could not reproduce his insightful account....[A] wise and very disturbing book." Melvin Konner, The New York Times Book Review
"Gaylin asserts that the hatred of Americans and Israelis is based on mere jealousy and envy....Such an analysis may be too simplistic to apply in the infinitely complicated quagmire of the Middle East." Vernon Ford, Booklist
"[A]n illuminating, chilling argument about the nature of hatred." Philadelphia Inquirer
"[A]mbitious, engrossing and partisan...well-written and lucid prose...provides important information about hatred as an emotion." Washington Times
A renowned psychologist offers a clear-eyed, though-provoking examination of humankind's most destructive emotion, and the seductive power it has to tear the world apart.
About the Author
Willard Gaylin, M.D. is a leading theoretician, educator, and practitioner in the field of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and cofounder of the Hastings Center, the preeminent institute for the study of ethical issues in the life sciences. He is author of sixteen books, including Feelings, The Killing of Bonnie Garland, Rediscovering Love, and Talk Is Not Enough.
Table of Contents
1 Confronting Evil Head-On 1
2 Defining Hatred 17
Hatred as an Emotion
3 Rage: The Emotional Core of Hatred 33
4 Feeling Threatened 45
5 Envy: Locating an Enemy 63
Hatred as a Thought Disorder
6 Understanding "Normal" Behavior 75
7 Understanding "Sick" Behavior 89
8 The Paranoid Shift 107
9 The Psychotic and the Psychopath 121
Hatred as an Attachment
10 Identifying the Self 151
11 Identifying the Enemy 173
The Cultures of Hatred
12 A Culture of Hatred 195
13 A Community of Haters 217
14 Confronting Hatred Head-On 237