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Contemporary Perspectives on the Roots of Violence

Charles K. Bellinger

in The Genealogy of Violence

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134988
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134982.003.0002
Contemporary Perspectives on the Roots of Violence

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This chapter summarizes and offers critical responses to four psychological theories of violence. Alice Miller focuses on child abuse. Ervin Staub speaks of ”difficult life conditions” that lead to scapegoating. Carl Jung points to the projection of the ”shadow.” Ernest Becker argues that the mainspring of human behavior is fear of death. None of these theories are found to be fully convincing and satisfying.

Keywords: Becker; Jung; Miller; psychological theories of violence; Staub

Chapter.  7167 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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