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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Spring; 2 edition (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882143719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882143712
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig is past President of both the Jung Institute in Zürich and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. He lives in Zürich, Switzerland.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janine Koenig on Feb. 8 2001
I run a website about this disorder, so anything on psychopathy is always of interest to me.
I would recommend that before reading this book, however, the novice should start off with Dr. Robert Hare's book "Without Conscience..." and go on from there.
Guggenbuhl-Craig's book is marvelous. A small gem (and a great price for such illustrious thoughts) of a book, and easy to read and digest.
He speaks not only of the psychopath, his traits, and so forth, but explains to us the deeper mysterious of the psychopath's behaviours and thought processes.
I thouroughly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychopathy, psychology, or just wants to learn more about this very much ignored disorder (every three out of ten men are estimated to have psychopathic personality disorder).
I encourage all women to study psychopathy, and to visit my website and the support group on the links page as well. See my profile for the link.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Rodriguez on July 16 2002
This book is astonishing! It is a simple masterpiece. The author has given an amazing account of different types of psychopaths in the short, but oh so sweet, book.
Guggenbuhl-Craig should write more books. His style is amazing- it is easy to comprehend and extremely intelligent.
I applaud this book and its author. This is one of the best books on the subject I have ever read. Should get 10 Stars!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cm1080 on April 4 2012
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This book is TINY (barely a hundred pages) and it is written in the jargon of psychoanalysis. It's littered with terms like analysand, superego, persona/shadow, Jungian archetype, etc. I wouldn't have understood it if I hadn't taken a class on psychoanalysis. As it is, however, I found it insightful and provocative to an almost shocking degree. The author argues that we aren't as different from psychopaths as we would like to think; in some way we are all psychopaths. He also theorizes that psychopaths feel a chronic sadness, a kind of depression unique to them, because on some level they are aware of the meaninglessness of a life without love. This wasn't the case with the psychopaths I have known. Additionally, the translation from German could have been better, and a bibliography would have been appreciated.

Like many psychoanalysts, Guggenbühl-Craig has got guts. His writing is controversial and not for the easily offended.
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Recommended by Psychologists Sept. 2 2012
By Learch - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one of three books recommended by a Psychologist who helped me to understand my wife. This was also recommended by others during that time. She had every secondary trait, almost as if she was the subject of this book. It sure as heck helped me protect myself. Highly recommended.
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Astonishing! July 16 2002
By Diana M. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
This book is astonishing! It is a simple masterpiece. The author has given an amazing account of different types of psychopaths in the short, but oh so sweet, book.
Guggenbuhl-Craig should write more books. His style is amazing- it is easy to comprehend and extremely intelligent.
I applaud this book and its author. This is one of the best books on the subject I have ever read. Should get 10 Stars!!!
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Out of date with current state of knowledge, awkward read Aug. 30 2005
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I was more than a bit surprised at the glowing reviews for this book. The awkward writing will tip you off that this is a translated book. And the absence of references or a bibliography reveals a lack of scholarly rigor. I was first struck by a statement on page 68, made with a degree of certainty that is neither warranted nor substantiated by research. Citing the work of Manfred Bleuler, he writes "They do not become psychopaths because their mothers reject them but the other way around." This `they were born defective' theory appears to be derived from his ex post facto observations done at the Burghölzli asylum in Zurich. It is significant to note that his theory dovetails nicely with the work of his father, Eugen Bleuler, a proponent of eugenics in Nazi Germany. (see International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine, 4 (1993) 133-148)

Contrast this with the results of several psychological studies ("Becoming Attached", Robert Karen, pg 60)

[...] Levy writing about adopted children who were deceitful and eerily detached; Bender reporting on psychopathic-like children who had been in a series of foster care and adoptive homes; Bakwin, Goldfarb, and Spitz warning about the psychiatric damage done to institutionalized babies [...] they unanimously found the same symptoms in children deprived of their mothers

I did find some value in the later chapters, where Guggenbuhl-Craig details the symptoms and includes references to the "compensated psychopath." It was in the final chapters, though, where he discusses the Jungian concept of the "shadow" and how there is a bit of psychopath in all of us, that I found most compelling.

Finally, I would caution that certainty in the field of psychological research will only come about when we can know the *complete* experience of a human being. Right now, most research (necessarily) relies heavily on the hearsay of caretakers. To claim objectivity from this group ignores the vested interest that they have in portraying themselves as loving and blameless.
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By N. Ritter - Published on Amazon.com
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This book presents a distinctly different look at the questions posed about the nature of psychopathy, and society's response to it. One achieves both greater understanding, and insight into the importance of individual responsibility and free will, even in the alternate universe of the sociopath.
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Don't be fooled by the cover Dec 5 2009
By Jacqueline M. Seiwell - Published on Amazon.com
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THis book was one of the best written on the subject I have read. I was interesting and easy to read. It is a great book to help you understand the nature that has for the most part only received an evil stamp. Worth having in your collection.


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