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From Pain to Violence: The Traumatic Roots of Destructiveness, 2nd Edition

From Pain to Violence: The Traumatic Roots of Destructiveness, 2nd Edition

Felicity de Zulueta

ISBN: 978-0-470-03431-6

May 2006

414 pages

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$57.99

Description

Violence is all around us; yet, despite its widespread prevalence, we remain unclear about its causes. In this book Felicity de Zulueta - begins by defining ""violence"" as distinct from ""aggression"", and then attempts to trace its origins, highlighting the polarization between those who believe mankind to be innately violent and those who see violence as the outcome of man's life experiences. As a result of her investigations, the author suggests that the current high level of violence may well be linked to the effects of childhood and adult trauma which appear to be far more widespread than has hitherto been acknowledged. These findings are relevant to understanding why ""normal"" people can become violent in certain conditions.

This is a second edition and has been fully updated. A new chapter on terrorism has been added.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

PART I: ATTACHMENT GONE WRONG.

1. A case of violence.

2. The myth of original sin and the death instinct.

3. Aggression and violence.

4. From attunement to attachment and the trauma of loss.

5. The psychobiological roots of violence.

6. Secure and insecure attachments in the formation of the self.

7. Self and other.

8. In defence of the self.

PART II: THE PSYCHOBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA.

9. The unspeakable: child sexual abuse.

10. Psychological trauma and attachment.

11. From psychological trauma to violence and psychiatric illness.

PART III: THE PREVALENCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA.

12. Cultures and violence.

13. The dehumanisation of the ‘other’.

14. The traumatic origins of legitimate violence.

15. Love and hate.

Epilogue: And what about terrorism?

References.

Index.

This second edition has been fully updated and now also contains an analysis of terrorism."" (Human  Givens Journal,)