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|ISBN:||0316330116 9780316330114 0316330000 9780316330008|
|Notes:||Originally published: 1995.
"Back Bay books."
|Description:||xxxiv, 366 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm|
|Contents:||pt. 1. Killing and the existence of resistance : a world of virgins studying sex. Fight or flight, posture or submit --
Nonfirers throughout history --
Why can't Johnny kill? --
The nature and source of resistance --
pt. 2. Killing and combat trauma : the role of killing in psychiatric casualties. The nature of psychiatric casualties : the psychological price of war --
The reign of fear --
The weight of exhaustion --
The mud of guilt and horror --
The wind of hate --
The well of fortitude --
The burden of killing --
The blind men and the elephant --
pt. 3. Killing and physical distance : from a distance, you don't look anything like a friend. Distance : a qualitative distinction in death --
Killing at maximum and long range : never a need for repentance or regret --
Killing at mid- and hand-grenade range : "you can never be sure it was you" --
Killing at close range : "I knew that it was up to me, personally, to kill him" --
Killing at edged-weapons range : an "intimate brutality" --
Killing at hand-to-hand-combat range --
Killing at sexual range : "the primal aggression, the release, and orgasmic discharge" --
pt. 4. An anatomy of killing : all factors considered. The demands of authority : Milgram and the military --
Group absolution : "the individual is not a killer, but the group is" --
Emotional distance : "to me they were less than animals" --
The nature of the victim : relevance and payoff --
Aggressive predisposition of the killer : avengers, conditioning, and the 2 percent who like it --
All factors considered : the mathematics of death --
pt. 5. Killing and atrocities : "no honor here, no virtue". The full spectrum of atrocity --
The dark power of atrocity --
The entrapment of atrocity --
A case study in atrocity --
The greatest trap of all : to live with that which thou hath wrought --
pt. 6. The killing response stages : what does it feel like to kill? The killing response stages --
Applications of the model : murder-suicides, lost elections, and thoughts of insanity --
pt. 7. Killing in Vietnam : what have we done to our soldiers? Desensitization and conditioning in Vietnam : overcoming the resistance to killing --
What have we done to our soldiers? : the rationalization of killing and how it failed in Vietnam --
Post-traumatic stress disorder and the cost of killing in Vietnam --
The limits of human endurance and the lessons of Vietnam --
pt. 8. Killing in America : what are we doing to our children? A virus of violence --
Desensitization and Pavlov's dog at the movies --
B.F. Skinner's rats and operant conditioning at the video arcade --
Social learning and role models in the media --
The resensitization of America.
- Combat -- Psychological aspects.
- Psychology, Military.
- Homicide -- Psychological aspects.
- Violence -- Social aspects.
- Violence -- Psychological aspects.
- Homicide -- psychology.
- Violence -- psychology.
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