Adult Bestsellers, Applied Psychology, Health, Family and Lifestyle, Philosophy, Psychology and Psychiatry
The Anatomy of Evil
The crimes of Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Dennis Rader, and other high-profile killers are so breathtakingly awful that most people would not hesitate to label them “evil.” In this groundbreaking book, renowned psychiatrist Michael H. Stone—host of Discovery Channel’s former series Most Evil—uses this common emotional reaction to horrifying acts as his starting point to explore the concept and reality of evil from a new perspective. In an in-depth discussion of the personality traits and behavior that constitute evil across a wide spectrum, Dr. Stone takes a clarifying scientific approach to a topic that for centuries has been inadequately explained by religious doctrines.Basing his analysis on the detailed biographies of more than 600 violent criminals, Stone has created a 22-level hierarchy of evil behavior, which loosely reflects the structure of Dante’s Inferno. He traces two salient personality traits that run the gamut from those who commit crimes of passion to perpetrators of the worst crimes—sadistic torture and murder. One trait is narcissism, as exhibited in people who are so self-centered that they have little or no ability to care about their victims. The other is aggression, the use of power over another person to inflict humiliation, suffering, and death.Stone then turns to the various factors that, singly or intertwined, contribute to pushing certain people over the edge into committing heinous crimes. They include heredity, adverse environments, violence-prone cultures, mental illness or brain injury, and abuse of mind-altering drugs. All are considered in the search for the root causes of evil behavior.What do psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience tell us about the minds of those whose actions could be described as evil? And what will that mean for the rest of us? Stone discusses how an increased understanding of the causes of evil will affect the justice system. He predicts a day when certain persons can safely be declared salvageable and restored to society and when early signs of violence in children may be corrected before potentially dangerous patterns become entrenched.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
The phenomenal international bestseller – 2 million copies sold – that will change the way you make decisions’A lifetime’s worth of wisdom’ Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics’There have been many good books on human rationality and irrationality, but only one masterpiece. That masterpiece is Thinking, Fast and Slow’ Financial TimesWhy is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.
The Essence of Zen
Drawing on his knowledge and long practice of Buddhism, the author reflects on four lines representing fundamental principles of the Zen or Ch’an school of Buddhism: “A special transmission outside the scriptures”, “No dependence on words and letters”, “Direct pointing to the mind”, and “Seeing into one’s own nature and realizing Buddhahood”. He sets out to communicate the essence of each, and to indicate how its meaning can be applied to Western conditions.
Beyond Good And Evil
Unabridged English value reproduction of Beyond Good And Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche and translated by Helen Zimmern. This philosophical classic is a must read because of its fearless approach to how knowledge is formed.Beyond Good And Evil asks, is truth absolute? Do humans invent ways to fortify already held views or truly seek the truth? Are the powerful more ‘right’ than the weak? Or is Nietzsche writing down page after page to hear himself talk?Let the reader decide in this slim volume with full text and footnotes, produced at an affordable price.TABLE OF CONTENTSPREFACE 3 CHAPTER I. PREJUDICES OF PHILOSOPHERS 4 CHAPTER II. THE FREE SPIRIT 13 CHAPTER III. THE RELIGIOUS MOOD 21 CHAPTER IV. APOPHTHEGMS AND INTERLUDES 28 CHAPTER V. THE NATURAL HISTORY OF MORALS 33 CHAPTER VI. WE SCHOLARS 41 CHAPTER VII. OUR VIRTUES 49 CHAPTER VIII. PEOPLES AND COUNTRIES 59 CHAPTER IX. WHAT IS NOBLE? 68 FROM THE HEIGHTS