An engrossing look into the heart of twelve of the strangest psychological disorders known to science<br> <br> In a book reminiscent of Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, psychologists Louis Franzini and John Grossberg take us behind the tabloid headlines and media exposes to tell the real-life stories of emotionally damaged men and women driven to horrific extremes in their efforts to gratify their basic human needs for love and attention.<br> <br> Writing with compassion and offering many profound insights into the human condition, the authors provide rare, often wrenching, glimpses into the tortured worlds of necrophiliacs, who make love only to corpses, and "werewolves" who commit unthinkable acts of mutilation and cannibalism; of men paralyzed by the terrifying belief that their penises are disappearing into their bodies, and compulsive hair pullers, who pluck every last hair from their flesh; of paranoids who believe they are being stalked by their evil twins, and those convinced that everyone close to them is an imposter; and many others.<br> <br> All of the stories contained in Eccentric and Bizarre Behaviors are based on actual case studies. Throughout, Drs. Franzini and Grossberg discuss, in terms that general readers can understand, both the known and conjectural causes for the strange disorders they describe. And, in many cases, they recount the stirring details of how patients were ultimately rescued from the eccentric and bizarre patterns of behavior in which they had become imprisoned.
For the voyeur in all of us, if you can stand the pace, the exclamation marks and the occasional joke in very poor taste. This curious collection of tabloid shock-horror tales is told in explicit detail by, supposedly, two Professors of Psychology at San Diego State University. Here are the gropers, the tube train robbers, the stalkers, the men who think their wives are imposters, the auto-erotic asphyxiators, the hair-eaters... right down to necrophiliacs, vampires and werewolves, not to mention hostages who get fond of their captors and mothers who fake medical symptoms in their children. All pretty gruesome in their different ways, but a good book to keep in the loo to amuse your guests if you, or they, like that kind of humour. (Kirkus UK)
Erotomania: Obsessive Loving.
Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy: The New Form of Child Abuse.
Frottage: A Touch of Love.
Vampirism: The Ungrateful Dead.
Sex Slavery and the Stockholm Syndrome: From Terror to Love.
Autoerotic Asphyxia: Breathless Sex.
Capgras and Other Misidentification Delusions: Replaced by anImpostor.
Folie a Deux: Shared Insanity.
Koro: The Disappearing Penis.
Savants: Supertalents in the Subnormal.
Trichotillomania: Hairpulling Compulsion.
Necrophilia: Sex After Death.