Dangerous Lunatics

Trauma, Criminality and Forensic Psychotherapy

Dangerous Lunatics

In the pre-modern era, those who committed serious crimes would invariably be treated with extreme cruelty - often punished, tortured, eviscerated, and executed in the most grisly, sadistic fashion. Les mer
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Dangerous Lunatics

In the pre-modern era, those who committed serious crimes would invariably be treated with extreme cruelty - often punished, tortured, eviscerated, and executed in the most grisly, sadistic fashion. Over time, the treatment of offenders has become more enlightened and more benign. But have we really progressed sufficiently in our approach to the rehabilitation and cure of vicious perpetrators of savage acts? This book considers the intersection between madness and violence across the ages, and investigates how Sigmund Freud and the early generation of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists challenged the more primitive, punitive models. Professor Kahr also discusses some landmark projects, which help to humanise serious criminal offenders and further our understanding of the ways in which severe early childhood trauma plays an important role in the genesis of extreme criminality.

Introduction: The man who shot his mother and father in the face
1 Torture and Execution: Ancient Remedies for Perpetrators
2 The Medicalisation of Insanity: Hereditary Taint and the Criminal Brain
3 The Freudian Challenge: Towards a Humanisation of Offenders
4 The Growth of Forensic Psychotherapy: From Punishment to Treatment
5 Paedophilia: The Sexualisation of
Trauma
6 Murder: The Castration of Safety

Conclusion: Blue-sky thinking: the future of forensic mental health
End notes
Acknowledgements
References
Index

* Includes compelling clinical case reports and long-forgotten archival material
* Includes a thorough review of cutting-edge psychological research
* Offers a unique insight into the nature of the criminal mind and its potential cure.

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