Evil a clinical perspective

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    This chapter describes several historic, illustrative cases of refugees who have survived torture and severe trauma. From a clinical perspective, these patients represent severe cruelty and evil inflicted on them. In addition to their clinical symptoms of prolonged posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, they raise the disturbing question regarding why evilness occurs. For most therapists, there was nothing in their education to prepare them for such disturbing human tragedy. At a philosophical or religious level, there is no adequate explanation or understanding for this personalized evil. As the events in Iraq demonstrate, no country, and perhaps no individual, is totally immune from committing atrocities. The author suggests honesty as well as empathy and professional commitment in caring for traumatized patients and offers suggestions for therapists to keep their sense of balance while performing their professional responsibilities.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationForensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil
    PublisherHumana Press
    Pages249-257
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)1588294498, 9781588294494
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    StatePublished - 2006

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    Torture
    Iraq
    Refugees
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
    Violence
    Depression
    Education
    Wounds and Injuries

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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    Kinzie, J. D. (2006). Evil a clinical perspective. In Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil (pp. 249-257). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-006-5_12

    Evil a clinical perspective. / Kinzie, John (Dave).

    Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil. Humana Press, 2006. p. 249-257.

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    Kinzie, JD 2006, Evil a clinical perspective. in Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil. Humana Press, pp. 249-257. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-006-5_12
    Kinzie JD. Evil a clinical perspective. In Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil. Humana Press. 2006. p. 249-257 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-006-5_12
    Kinzie, John (Dave). / Evil a clinical perspective. Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil. Humana Press, 2006. pp. 249-257
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