"Psychopath. No sooner is the word out than images of murderers, rapists, suicide bombers and gangsters flash across our minds. But unlike their box-office counterparts, not all psychopaths are violent, or even criminal. Far from it. In fact, they have a lot of good things going for them. Psychopaths are fearless, confident, charismatic, ruthless and focused - qualities tailor-made for success in twenty-first century society. In this groundbreaking adventure into the world of psychopaths, renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a 'scale of madness' along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, he shows that there is a fine line separating a brilliant surgeon and a serial killer, illustrating the spectrum of psychopathy with some insightful and startling case studies. The Wisdom of Psychopaths is an intellectual rollercoaster ride that combines original scientific research with bold on-the-ground reporting from secret monasteries, Special Forces training camps and rarefied psychopath wings of maximum-security hospitals. Provocative, engaging and surprising at every turn, The Wisdom of Psychopaths rev
Author: Rodrigo Dresdner Cid
Publisher: LOM Ediciones
La psicopatía, desórdenes o trastornos de la personalidad, fuera de no constituir una enfermedad psiquiátrica, tampoco tiene tratamiento o cura que permita modificar la conducta del psicópata. Por lo menos hasta ahora los ensayos terapéuticos diseñados no han arrojado resultados positivos ni consistentes en esa dirección. Esto le genera un tremendo problema a la sociedad, pues ¿qué actitud puede asumir el Estado ante un psicópata asesino que cuando termina su condena y recupera la libertad, reincide en su conducta delictual y violenta? Este libro estudia los perfiles del psicópata y de los asesinos y violadores seriales, así como también los casos más emblemáticos de los asesinos seriales en Chile.
Publisher: Time Life Education
Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-188) and index.
Author: Keith R. Ablow
El Asesino de la Autopista ha dejado ya doce cadáveres en doce estados diferentes, y el FBI se ha dado cuenta de que sólo le queda un recurso para echarle el guante: Frank Clevenger, un psiquiatra forense famoso por haber resuelto lo que los periódicos co
In Cold Blood
Author: Truman Capote
In Cold Blood reconstructs the 1959 murders of a Kansas farmer, his wife and two of their children. Truman Capote's comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human. The book that made Capote's name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative. "The best documentary account of an American crime ever written." - New York Times.
Author: Greg Iles
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series comes a gripping World War II thriller that “vaporizes almost every cliché about the limits of the genre...[it’s] good enough to read twice”(Kirkus Reviews). It is January 1944—and as Allied troops prepare for D-Day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it—no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.
Arden las redes
Author: Juan Soto Ivars
El clima de irritación constante y masiva en las redes sociales ha generado un nuevo tipo de censura que aplica sus prohibiciones de manera orgánica, imprevisible y caótica. Los usuarios participamos de todas las polémicas empujados por la sed del reconocimiento, mareados por la sobreinformación y confundidos por el relativismo de la verdad, mientas que determinadas voces desaparecen por miedo a la humillación. Las redes sociales nos han llevado a un nuevo mundo en el que vivimos cercados por las opiniones ajenas. Lo que parecía la conquista total de la libertad de expresión ha hecho que una parte de la ciudadanía se revuelva, incómoda. Grupos de presión organizados en las redes -católicos, feministas, activistas de izquierdas y derechas- han empezado a perseguir lo que consideran «excesos» intolerables mediante el linchamiento digital, las peticiones de boicot y las recogidas de firmas. La justicia se ha democratizado y la silenciosa mayoría ha encontrado una voz despiadada que hace de la deshonra una nueva forma de control social, donde la libertad de expresión no necesita leyes, funcionarios ni estado represor. A través de casos reales de linchamiento como los de Justine Sacco, Guillermo Zapata o Jorge Cremades, este libro, a la vez honesto y perturbador , disecciona el clima censor de nuestro tiempo, mostrándonos la realidad en la que vivimos enfrascados y el terrorífico papel que desempeñamos todos. Reseñas: «Soto Ivars toma la palabra y lleva a cabo, a fuer de buen periodista, una investigación encaminada a desvelar los entresijos del sucio asunto de los linchamientos digitales». Fernando Aramburu «Si has escrito tuits y los has borrado antes de darle a twittear, Soto Ivars te explica el por qué». Jordi Évole «La lectura obligada de este libro debería estar en las condiciones que se aceptan al darse de alta en una red social». Joaquín Reyes
Author: John Darnton
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
Author: Jonathan Santlofer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Kate McKinnon is back -- and this time it's personal. When two hideously eviscerated bodies are discovered and the only link between them is a bizarre painting left at each crime scene, the NYPD turns to former cop Kate McKinnon, the woman who brought the serial killer the Death Artist to justice. Having settled back into her satisfying life as art historian, published author, host of a weekly PBS television series, and wife of one of New York's top lawyers, Kate wants no part of it. But Kate's sense of tranquility is shattered when this new sequence of murders strikes too close to home. With grief and fury to fuel her, she rejoins her former partner, detective Floyd Brown, and his elite homicide squad on the hunt for a vicious psychopath known as the Color-Blind Killer. In her rage and desperation, Kate allows herself to be drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse. She abandons her glamorous life for the gritty streets of Manhattan, immersing herself in a world where brutality and madness appear to be the norm, where those closest to her may have betrayed her -- and where, in the end, nothing is what it seems.
This volume presents a scholarly analysis of psychopathic and sociopathic personalities and the conditions that give rise to them. In so doing, it offers a coherent theoretical and developmental analysis of socialization and its vicissitudes, and of the role played in socialization by the crime-relevant genetic traits of the child and the skills and limitations of the primary socializing agents, the parents. This volume also describes how American psychiatry's (DSM-IV) category of "Antisocial Personality Disorder" is heterogeneous and fails to document some of the more interesting and notorious psychopaths of our era. The author also shows why the antinomic formula "Nature vs. Nurture" should be revised to "Nature via Nurture" and reviews the evidence for the heritability of crime-relevant traits. One of these traits -- fearlessness -- seems to be one basis for the primary psychopathy and the author argues that the primary psychopath and the hero may be twigs on the same genetic branch. But crime -- the failure of socialization -- is rare among traditional peoples still living in the extended-family environment in which our common ancestors lived and to which our species is evolutionarily adapted. The author demonstrates that the sharp rise in crime and violence in the United States since the 1960s can be attributed to the coeval increase in divorce and illegitimacy which has left millions of fatherless children to be reared by over-burdened, often immature or sociopathic single mothers. The genus sociopathic personality includes those persons whose failure of socialization can be attributed largely to incompetent or indifferent rearing. Two generalizations supported by modern behavior genetic research are that most psychological traits have strong genetic roots and show little lasting influence of the rearing environment. This book demonstrates that the important trait of socialization is an exception. Although traits that obstruct or facilitate socialization tend to obey these rules, socialization itself is only weakly heritable; this is because modern American society displays such enormous variance in the relevant environmental factors, mainly in parental competence. Moreover, parental incompetence that produces sociopathy in one child is likely to have the same result with any siblings. This book argues that sociopathy contributes far more to crime and violence than psychopathy because sociopaths are much more numerous and because sociopathy is a familial trait for both genetic and environmental reasons. With a provocative thesis and an engaging style, this book will be of principal interest to clinical, personality, forensic, and developmental psychologists and their students, as well as to psychiatrists and criminologists.
Author: D.J. Cooke, Adelle E. Forth, Robert D. Hare
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Psychopathy is a very important concept for those working in the field of criminal justice - investigators, prosecutors, and those who have to evaluate, manage and treat offenders. In Psychopathy: Theory, Research and Implications for Society, detailed, empirically based contributions by the world's leading researchers describe the relevance of the construct to practical and policy issues, examining its relevance to such topics as treatment, risk management and recidivism. The use of the concept in a range of populations is discussed, including juveniles, children, and the mentally disordered, as well as across cultures. The major strength of the volume is that the validity of the psychopathy construct is enhanced by the extensive empirical support: contributors explore topics including the genetic, biological, affective, interpersonal and information processing models that underpin the disorder. Audience: All those dealing with offenders - psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, judges, prison administrators and those who formulate policy in the criminal justice system.
Author: Robert D. Hare
Publisher: Guilford Press
Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets--and they do not always ply their trade by killing. Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life. Are psychopaths mad, or simply bad? How can they be recognized? And how can we protect ourselves? This book provides solid information and surprising insights for anyone seeking to understand this devastating condition.
Author: Mary Douglas
First printed in 1970, Natural Symbols is Douglas' most controversial work. It represents a work of anthropology in its widest sense, exploring themes such as the social meaning of natural symbols and the image of the body in society. This work focuses on the ways in which cultures select natural symbols from the body and how every natural symbol carries a social meaning. She also introduces her grid/group theory, which she sees as a way of keeping together what the social sciences divide and separate. Bringing anthropology in to the realm of religion, Douglas enters into the ongoing debate in religious circles surrounding meaning and ritual. The book not only provides a clear explanation to four distinct attitudes to religion, but also defends hierarchical forms of religious organization and attempts to retain a balanced judgement between fundamentalism and established religion. Douglas has since extensively refined the grid/group theory and has applied it to consumer behaviour, labour movements and political parties.
The Psychopathic Mind
Author: Reid J. Meloy
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated
Forensic psychologist Reid Meloy identifies psychopathology as a deviant development disturbance characterized by inordinate instinctual aggression and the absence of a capacity bond. It is the definitive book on the subject. A Jason Aronson Book
Un magnífico thriller político. John Carr, alias Oliver Stone -uno de los más hábiles asesinos del país- observa, tal vez por última vez, la Casa Blanca desde el parque Lafayette. El presidente de Estados Unidos ha vuelto a requerirlo para una delicada misión. Aunque lleva décadas luchando por dejar atrás su pasado, Stone no puede negarse. Pero la misión cambia drásticamente incluso antes de empezar... Una bomba explota delante de la Casa Blanca, y él deberá averiguar quién es el responsable. David Baldacci es uno de los grandes nombres de thriller contemporáneo. Sus novelas han sido traducidas a treinta y cinco idiomas y publicadas en más de ochenta países, donde han vendido más cincuenta millones de ejemplares. La esquina del infierno es la quinta entrega del Camel Club, su serie más emblemática. Reseña: «Como siempre en Baldacci, la última entrega del Camel Club está hábilmente construida y atrapa desde la primer página.» Booklist