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Understanding and treating the psychopath / Dennis M. Doren

Main Author Doren, Dennis M. Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : John Wiley, cop. 1987 Description XIII, 269 p. ; 24 cm Series Wiley Series on Personality Processes ISBN 0-471-83650-8 CDU 615.851
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This book develops a new theory of psychopathy, the antisocial personality, as the foundation for a new mode of therapeutic intervention. It begins with a definition of psychopathy, examines its etiology, and describes the psychological dynamics that characterize the psychopathic personality. Also it explores and critiques the four existing major theoretical perspectives on the nature of the disorder. Offering a new theory that utilizes the strengths of the the others and summarizes the relevant research supporting it, the book goes on to apply its clinical implications in diagnosis and therapy.

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This volume reviews four theories of how people become psychopaths, and presents Doren's own ``integrated theory.'' His view is that psychopathy is an effort to meet the challenge of controlling one's environment, given low cortical arousal and partial helplessness conditioning. The review ignores psychoanalytic and existential contributions, focusing instead on social learning and bioneurological research. The author's own theory draws heavily on vignettes and the author's clinical experience; in this sense the book is disjunctive. The second half of the book dealing with psychotherapy can stand on its own as readable, practical, experienced, and helpful. This book for advanced students will be of particular interest to schools with criminal justice, graduate counseling, and clinical psychology programs.-C.T. Fischer, Duquesne University

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