Free Download: The Morbid Streak: Destructive Aspects of the Personality
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As a psychiatrist, one has a privileged view of human destructiveness…Contact with extreme forms of feelings and behaviour are valuable in understanding less extreme varieties and in detecting similar tendencies in oneself and others. Self-destructive behaviour is pervasive in the human context, appearing in many different forms and to varying degrees.In keeping with the notion that the best way to learn about ourselves is through interacting with others, Ann Dally explores patterns of self-destructive behaviour, denial and self-deception as they reveal themselves throughout different stages of life. She considers the time many of us spend destroying, or seriously damaging, ourselves or those close to us. At worst, we commit murder or suicide (although luckily, not many of us carry our morbid urges to such extremes). Mostly we suffer neurosis and despair, seek perverse satisfaction or make martyrs of ourselves. Or we tyrannize, undermine or attempt to dominate our families, our friends, our colleagues.In exploring these areas of human feeling and behaviour associated with frustration, pain and anxiety, Dally seeks their connection with human destructiveness. She believes, above all, that if we are to survive as human beings in the anti-human society we have created, we must allow free rein to our imaginative capabilities. The Morbid Streak offers a fascinating insight into the mind and the behaviour humans so often tend towards in order to determine how these destructive patterns came to be. Praise for Ann Dally ‘Thorough and engaging’ – Kirkus Reviews’introduces a levelheaded view’ – Kirkus Reviews ‘refreshingly evenhanded’ – Kirkus Reviews Dr Ann Dally (1929-2007) was a pioneering English author and psychiatrist. She was born in London, the daughter of a distinguished lawyer and a half-American mother. She studied history, before qualifying in medicine and then in psychiatry, whilst going on to marry and have six children. Ann Dally wrote eleven books in all, including A-Z of Babies, The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Medicine, A Child is Born, Mothers: Their Power and Influence and The Morbid Streak.
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