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- Publication Date: April 13, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004WOVLR6
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The book explores these unconscious mechanisms in great detail, providing a way out of their vicious cycle not through blaming others (part of the problem), but rather in honestly acknowledging these processes in our own behaviors. This is by no means an easy path, as we've spent literally our entire lives becoming attached to these destructive cycles of thought and behavior. Also interesting, though perhaps a bit over-politicized for some tastes, is the author's extension of these individual processes to entire societies and cultures.
If you have the introspective honesty and persistence to tackle your own demons, this book provides a compelling path for such exploration.
It is a psychological explanation of our deadly flaw and it points us into a direction how to deal with it. The world would be a better place if we understand ourselves better and this book is extremely helpful.
I think it was a blunder for the author to attempt political analysis in Chapter 20 using his principles of psychology. Don't we have enough of that already, both sides trying to impute evil motives to each other? It doesn't do any good to psychoanalyze society, nor should we use psychology to justify our political opinions. But other than that, I can recommend this book.