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The healing zone: Religious issues in psychotherapy, New York (Paragon House Publishers) 1989, 288 p.; esp. pp. 98-119.

  • Carl Goldberg asks how malevolent transformation of personality takes place. In-spired by Fromm's work on the origin of destructiveness, Goldberg builds on Fromm's observation that an evil character tends to develop gradually by a succes-sion of innumerable acts of inhumanity that are often rationalized and dismissed. Goldberg has found that the road that leads to sadism and cruelty is often paved by a history of shame and humiliation. Goldberg proposes stages of the sequential transformations of shame, humiliation, and rage that eventually lead to malevo-lence. He illustrates the theory with a very interesting case study. Goldberg's stages provide the basis for rich clinical exploration that could lead to a research agenda into the various possible pathways for the development of the malevolent personal-ity.

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Author:Paul R. Fleischman
Document Type:Books
Year of first Publication:1989
Release Date:2014/01/28
Format:PDF-scan to download
Writings about Erich Fromm (Secondary Literature):Books / Bücher
Erich Fromm's Library and Erich Fromm Archive:Books / Bücher
Licence (German):