How to understand the deviance that lies in ourselves and others - an original and rigorous exploration of the darkest recesses of the human mind.
Why do we think and do evil? What can science teach us about why humans do bad things? And what do our reactions to deviance teach us about ourselves?
Drawing together science, psychology and philosophy, Julia Shaw unlocks the intricacies of the world of criminal psychology. Grappling with thorny dilemmas from 'Would I kill baby Hitler?' to 'Why do I want to murder my spouse?', Making Evil will give you a better understanding of the world, yourself, and your Google search history.
Original, fresh and rigorous, Making Evil shines a searching light into the darker corners of the human psyche, illuminating a modern science of evil.
About the Author
Julia Shaw is a scientist in the Department of Psychology at University College London (UCL). Her academic work, teaching, and role as an expert witness focus on different ways of understanding criminal behaviour. Dr Shaw consults as an expert on criminal cases, delivers police-training and military workshops, and has evaluated offender diversion programs. Her work has been featured in outlets such as The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, New York Magazine, Discovery Channel, the BBC, CNN World, Der Spiegel, Russia Today and NPR.
Julia Shaw has crafted a brilliant panorama that elucidates humanity's dark side in her masterpiece, Making Evil. This science-based foundation for studying the minds of sadists, mass murderers, freaks and creeps, as well the new role of tech in promoting evil is presented in a totally engaging fashion -- PHILIP ZIMBARDO, author of The Lucifer Effect
Most of it is unsettling, shocking or disturbing. It's also rational, intelligent and necessary . . . fascinating and convincing * * Herald * *
Curious readers will be riveted by Shaw's deliberate, rational discussions of such taboos as cyberbullying, homicide, pedophilia and the ways money and power corrupt the souls of formerly good men and women . . . Capably written with a smooth mix of scientific insight and theoretical thought, the book will hopefully inspire empathy and understanding rather than hysteria and condemnation . . . A consistently fascinating journey into the darker sides of the human condition that will push on the boundaries of readers' comfort zones * * Kirkus * *
Shaw presents a stimulating and provocative challenge to the traditional meaning of evil. Stimulating and provocative * * Library Journal * *
A sober-minded, academically rigorous examination of an oft-sensationalised subject * * Publishers Weekly * *
Great read. Buy this book -- TIM LOVEJOY