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The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects Hardcover – October 28, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199930198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199930197
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In The Infested Mind, Lockwood shifts from entomology to psychology to examine the fascination that first drew him to insects and the terror that later repelled him. His exploration of our complex relations with these critters makes for an engrossing book. For the entomophobic reader especially, the experience is at times thrilling (watch out for the photos!) and therapeutic." --Scientific American MIND


"Lockwood (natural sciences & humanities, Univ. of Wyoming; Six-Legged Soldiers) begins with his own nightmare experience with a locust swarm and proceeds to analyze thoroughly human reactions to insects and spiders. He explores the differences between fear and disgust, both of which help protect us from potential danger and harm... VERDICT: For all who have responded to insects -- entomophobes, entomophiles, or in between -- as well as psychologists and parents." --Library Journal


"By drawing upon the works of Dali, Kant and Jung (amongst others), Lockwood reveals the psychology of our fears and disgust of arthropods. Central to this argument is the idea that human beings are culturally malleable creatures operating within certain evolutionary constraints. Leave it also to Lockwood to examine entomophobia and biophilia in such a reflexive, provocative and engaging fashion, while elucidating the role of the negative sublime in human-arthropod encounters." --Raynald Harvey Lemelin, Lakehead University Research Chair in Parks and Protected Areas, Lakehead University


"A tour-de-force account of the myriad ways that insects and their kin repel, disgust, terrify, and yet paradoxically attract and fascinate humans, irrespective of time and place." --May Berenbaum, Head of Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


"The book's exploration of the science, driven by Lockwood's quest to understand himself, is easy to follow and fascinating." --Nature Conservancy


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Jeffrey Lockwood is Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities at the University of Wyoming and author of Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VenusVal Hammack on May 19, 2014
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I purchased this for friend who was interested in the subject on a non-college-level hand I felt very comfortable with the writing and the presentation of the subject matter
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By Paul on July 27, 2014
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A fun read, based on insects and other little invertebrates. It's really a psychology book which goes into many areas of fears and phobia and other obsession.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Kemner on December 29, 2013
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As a collector or beetles since childhood, I found this investigation into peoples' aversion to animals with more legs than two (ourselves) or four ( most mammals) . Hairyness and leggyness seem to be factors which scare or repel us. Myself excluded.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Mullins on January 24, 2014
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Interesting look at how humans react to various insects, usually adversely and sometimes with good reason, sometimes not. The list of various phobias is fun - arachnophobia is one of many delightful words!
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