Evil - along with its incarnation in human form, the psychopath - remains underexamined in the psychological and psychoanalytic literature. Given current societal issues ranging from increasingly violent cultural divides to climate change, it is imperative that the topics of psychopathy and human evil be thoughtfully explored.

The book brings together social scientists, psychologists, and psychoanalysts to discuss the psychology of psychopaths, and the personal, societal and cultural destruction they leave as their legacy. Chapters address such questions as: Who are psychopaths? How do they think and operate? What causes someone to commit psychopathic acts? And are psychopaths born or created? Psychopaths leave us shocked and bewildered by behavior that violates the notions of common human trust and bonding, but not all psychopaths commit crimes. Because of their unique proclivities to deceive, seduce, and dissemble, they can hide in plain sight; especially when intelligent and highly educated. This latter group comprise the "successful or corporate" psychopaths, frequently found in boardrooms of corporations and among leaders of national movements or heads of state.

Addressing a wide range of topics including slavery, genocide, the Holocaust, the individual as psychopath, the mind of the terrorist, sexual abuse, the role of attachment and the neurobiology of psychopathy, this book will appeal to researchers of human evil and psychopathy from a range of different disciplines and represents essential reading for psychotherapists and clinical psychologists.

chapter |12 pages


BySheldon Itzkowitz, Elizabeth F. Howell

chapter 1|25 pages

Psychopathy and human evil

An overview 1 2
BySheldon Itzkowitz

chapter 2|23 pages

Outsiders to love

The psychopathic character and dilemma
ByElizabeth F. Howell

chapter 3|21 pages

Sexual desire, violent death, and the true believer

ByJ. Reid Meloy

chapter 5|13 pages

The perpetrators

The receivers and transmitters of evil
ByValerie Sinason

chapter 6|19 pages

The Other within

White shame, Native American genocide
BySue Grand

chapter 7|15 pages

American hierarchy

White, “good”; Black, “evil”
ByCleonie White

chapter 8|18 pages

Sympathy for the devil

Evil, social process, and intelligibility
ByRobert Prince

chapter 9|13 pages

Die Hitler in uns (The Hitler in us)

Evil and the psychoanalytic situation
ByEmily A. Kuriloff

chapter 10|17 pages

Dissociation and counterdissociation

Nuanced and binary perceptions of good and evil
ByRichard B. Gartner

chapter 11|18 pages

Dancing with the Devil

A personal essay on my encounters with sexual abuse in the Catholic Church
ByMary Gail Frawley-O’Dea

chapter 12|16 pages

The developmental roots of psychopathy

An attachment perspective
ByAdriano Schimmenti

chapter 13|9 pages

The murder of Laius

ByNeville Symington

chapter 14|18 pages

Psychopaths and the neurobiology of evil

ByNathalie Y. Gauthier, Tabitha Methot-Jones, Angela Book, J. Reid Meloy