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Eccentric and Bizarre Behaviors

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Eccentric and Bizarre Behaviors

Louis R. Franzini, John M. Grossberg

ISBN: 978-0-471-54520-0 May 1995 256 Pages

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An engrossing look into the heart of twelve of the strangestpsychological disorders known to science

In a book reminiscent of Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wifefor a Hat, psychologists Louis Franzini and John Grossberg take usbehind the tabloid headlines and media exposes to tell thereal-life stories of emotionally damaged men and women driven tohorrific extremes in their efforts to gratify their basic humanneeds for love and attention.

Writing with compassion and offering many profound insights intothe human condition, the authors provide rare, often wrenching,glimpses into the tortured worlds of necrophiliacs, who make loveonly to corpses, and "werewolves" who commit unthinkable acts ofmutilation and cannibalism; of men paralyzed by the terrifyingbelief that their penises are disappearing into their bodies, andcompulsive hair pullers, who pluck every last hair from theirflesh; of paranoids who believe they are being stalked by theirevil twins, and those convinced that everyone close to them is animposter; and many others.

All of the stories contained in Eccentric and Bizarre Behaviors arebased on actual case studies. Throughout, Drs. Franzini andGrossberg discuss, in terms that general readers can understand,both the known and conjectural causes for the strange disordersthey describe. And, in many cases, they recount the stirringdetails of how patients were ultimately rescued from the eccentricand bizarre patterns of behavior in which they had becomeimprisoned.
Erotomania: Obsessive Loving.

Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy: The New Form of Child Abuse.

Frottage: A Touch of Love.

Vampirism: The Ungrateful Dead.

Sex Slavery and the Stockholm Syndrome: From Terror to Love.

Autoerotic Asphyxia: Breathless Sex.

Capgras and Other Misidentification Delusions: Replaced by anImpostor.

Folie a Deux: Shared Insanity.

Koro: The Disappearing Penis.

Savants: Supertalents in the Subnormal.

Trichotillomania: Hairpulling Compulsion.

Necrophilia: Sex After Death.

Index.