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An engrossing look into the heart of twelve of the strangest psychological disorders known to science
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.
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.
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.
Title: Eccentric and Bizarre Behaviors
Edition: 6th Printing.
Publisher: NY, Wiley & Sons: 1995
ISBN Number: 0471545201
ISBN Number 13: 9780471545200
Binding: Trade Papeback
Book Condition: Near Fine
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 009378
Description: 177 pp. Nearly new, corner curled. Text clean. Spine uncreased. Two San Diego State psychology professors compile a pop-psychology overview of various disorders, mostly of a sexual nature. Written in a somewhat lighthearted style, suggesting that many of us may have abnormal aspects. Conditions and behaviors examined include erotophilia, frottage, Stockholm syndrome, vampirism, fear of penis shrinkage, necrophilia and several more. Size: 8vo -- 8.5 In
Keywords: PSYCHOLOGY. PATHOLOGY. DISORDER. ABNORMAL.