The Anatomy of Evil

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 evi

  • Title: The Anatomy of Evil
  • Author: Michael H. Stone Otto F. Kernberg
  • ISBN: 9781591027263
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 horrifyingThe 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 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.

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    1. I loved reading this book! I enjoyed the series, Most Evil. I am fascinated by the psychology of such people. It is interesting to read that several killers had injured their head when young. There must be a connection to brain trauma in some cases. Of course, in my heart I believe some people just have evil in them, even if that goes against science. I do realize a good majority has been injected with their inhumanity due to early trauma, abuse, genetics and environment. There are certainly eno [...]


    2. I have always been fascinated with how the human mind works - especially in the cases of abnormal psychology and what actually causes a person to be "evil" or how they can justify the actions they've taken - rape, murder, manipulation, etc. Nature vs. Nurture has been a debate that's been going on for ages. Can a human being be born evil? There are cases of kids growing up in perfectly normal houses, with a normal social atmosphere that kill. Are they crazy? Were they born that way? Or what, if [...]


    3. Prometheus, 2009Available: New, used & digital (multi-format)ISBN: 1591027268Prepare for a journey though the dark side with today's most widely recognized forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Stone. After years (and hundreds of killers studied) Stone created the Graduations of Evil Scale, and this book is his explanation of the process. The Anatomy of Evil is intense, featuring many profiles of killers, and none of the ones you'd expect. There are no Bundy, Gacy or Dahmer profiles here. And t [...]


    4. Prepare for a journey though the dark side with today's most widely recognized forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Stone. After years (and hundreds of killers studied) Stone created the Graduations of Evil Scale, and this book is his explanation of the process. The Anatomy of Evil is intense, featuring many profiles of killers, and none of the ones you'd expect. There are no Bundy or Gacy or Dahmer profiles here. And the focus doesn't stay on serial or mass killers at all. Stone also doesn't give [...]


    5. I really loved this book. It gives good, detailed information as to what traits may exist that can be interpreted as evil. Being a counselor, I found this book fascinating in the author's attempt to organize the traits and how it relates to "gradations" of evil. He provides incredible case studies and examples of real life persons who have been considered evil and what their lives may have been like that contributed to their acts. Pretty easy read, very interesting!


    6. My favorite dubious conclusion was that serial killers who have issues with women start off killing cats because cats have faces like beautiful women.Not entirely made up of bad arguments, but some of his ideas are definitely outdated. Also the rating system is entirely too subjective and without any real point, except as a way to organize his book.



    7. A fascinating scientific approach to what is typically lobbed about as a moral term. Way better than his show, Most Evil, by the way.


    8. At turns fascinating and horrifying, Doctor Michael H. Stone's analysis of Evil in mankind is quite well done. Starting out with Dante Alighieri's different levels of hell, Dr. Stone attempts to classify levels of evil according to a certain standard. This is something that is difficult to do, seeing as how people do not all come from the same mold. There are signs that one can follow; like when a child enjoys torturing animals, but even that is not decisive.Anyway, Stone's system is called The [...]


    9. For my first Dr. Michael Stone book I was preparing myself for a long, dense read however I found this book very informative and engaging using many examples starting from murders of passion to sadistic psychopaths. What I learnt from this book is that murders labeled as evil can't be tarred with the same brush. Dr Stone picks a part how we apply the term evil, not just based off the criminal act but how a combination of neurological abnormalities, mental health, genetics and environment could e [...]


    10. I did like the analogies and so many examples he used to make a scale as such for 'evil' itself. I did however feel towards the end of the book with the after thoughts ect it was dragging on and not bringing anything new to the table. Very interesting concept though and very easy to read, also interesting.


    11. This is one of THE GREATEST books I have ever read on the subjects it deals with, which is essentially criminology and the strong link between extreme mental illness and horrific crimes committed, as well as stepping in with a brief philosophical approach along the book's journey, which quizzes the reader, "What is EVIL?"As if to try to give the reader an answer, Michael H. Stone goes through some of the worst of the worst serial and spree killers, sexual sadists and torturers, kidnappers, and s [...]


    12. I had my fears in the beginning that this book was going to be dry and boring It started out with a few definitions of evil that sort of made my head spin (then again, I started it at 3am on a night shift brains don't function adequately at that time) But very quickly I realized that my first assumptions were completely negative. This book was written in such a fluid motion that putting it down was next to impossible, despite how uncomfortable I was by reading about such horrible acts. Dr. Stone [...]


    13. I like the show---kind of interesting theory of evil existing on 22 levels. Book is really really good.goes into the science and rationale behind the groupings, the triad (bedwetting, animal abuse, setting fires) of childhood suggestive behavior)ally really goodes lots of ancedotal evidence and references a ton of sources. I am looking at two of the other books referenced by this book right now. Of course you kind of have to be into this sort of thing (serial killers, child killers, etc)


    14. I was surprised to find myself so disturbed by this book since I have long been a true crime fan and ghoul. The author is making an attempt to define evil by separating the actions of serial killers et. into gradations of evil. This really becomes moot in the face of the destruction left behind these misfits and calls into question not only a society that allows so many to be victimized, but a justice system that allows a second wave of victims to be terrorized when these criminals, once caught, [...]


    15. I found this book very interesting, not only for its theme, but for its incorporation of "evil" as a social category and its attempto to scale evil degrees. It is quite easy to read, even for someone who is not familiar with neuroscience and its terms, and it provides an excellent compilation of references for further information. However, I think the last chapter, which focuses on neuroscience and evil, could have been longer, maybe it could be updated as research provides new knowledge on the [...]


    16. Though the content that is displayed is interesting enough, and the Gradation of Evil is extremely intriguing to ponder about, I was hoping for a far more in depth analysis of the Psychological name of "evil" men and women instead of a more general approach of the various subjects, detailing the what but never fully delving into the why?


    17. Alright, I didn't finish. I expected the book to delve into the psychology behind the perpetrators of heinous crimes and perhaps eventually it would have. The initial pages listed a barrage of increasingly disturbing crimes and I had to give it up or suffer the prolonged, grim, nightmare-haunting consequences.


    18. I guess this book would only be of interest to people who read "true crime", but according to Newsweek, that's most of us. Written by a forensic psychologist, the book outlines his scale for analysing murderes, citing true cases. Very interesting when read in the daytime.


    19. Landmark book for those (of us) with an interest in understanding the minds of serial killers. Kind of off-putting for most everyone else. A little heavy on the science, but that's what attempts to explain these behaviors that defy explanation.



    20. Interesting if you wanna try to figure out evil people. If you don't think like them, it's good to know what type of people are walking around.


    21. I learned that there are some sick individuals in this world! I also learned that homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women in the US!



    22. Thank you to Prometheus Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!What makes a person evil? How does that differ from our perception of evil in today's society? Michael Stone outlines his research of some of the most high-profile killers within the pages of THE ANATOMY OF EVIL. I know that I've frequently wondered what went wrong or what happened to these high-profile serial killers (watching a lot of documentaries and reading about the killers will do that). Is there one spec [...]


    23. Dr. Stone uses this hefty book as his own personal ranking system of sadists, murderers, and serial killer, having developed 22 very specific categories of evil. It’s like he read every true crime book ever written, summarized each case, then assigned his own evil ranking to the perpetrator. What’s lacking are the salacious details that typically appeal to readers of true crime. It’s really more of a psychological treatise, and it often does read like a psychiatry textbook. Though he explo [...]


    24. Fantastic! I LOVED this book. I am a forensic psychiatrist and so work with a lot of people on this spectrum of "evil". This book gave overviews of several different cases, where the author (Dr. Michael Stone, a forensic psychiatrist) had made a gradations of evil scale. There was a lot of discussion on what causes people to do the things they do, from genes, trauma, experiences, brain injury to people just born bad. I read the entire thing in two days. It was not a dense book, it flowed. Highly [...]


    25. A fascinating read - but very disturbing. I like Ston's Gradations Scale for Evil. The book is well researched and the inclusion of scientific debate was good. It's difficult to read about people who do terrible, unspeakable things to other human beings and animals. This book was informative, though, on why people do some of these things. Overall, it was a good book, though I won't read it again.


    26. I was really hoping that this book would focus more on why people commit horrible crimes and/or why society finds certain crimes more "evil" than others. Sadly, it was basically a collection of heinous crimes, each written about in 1000 words or less. The short descriptions serve only to evoke disgust or horror. Certain factors such as abuse as a child or biological underpinnings are briefly listed but no patterns are really developed. The book also uses some seriously outdated notions such as t [...]


    27. FascinatingAn essential read for people interested in the darkest sides of psychology. Absolutely fascinating and frightening to read - a thorough and thought provoking book about the evil that people are capable of. A highly recommended read.


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