Dr. Dorpat argues convincingly that, far from deterring further acts of crime or violence, both corporal and emotional punishment can only create further violence, in an expanding process that affects us all.
About the Author
Dr. Theo. L. Dorpat is the author of four books and over 364 scientific publications. Over the course of his fifty-plus years as a psychoanalyst and forensic psychiatrist he received numerous awards, including the Margaret H. O’Donnell Prize in Psychiatry, in 1952; he also won the Edward O. Hoedemaker M.D. Memorial Prize twice for the best clinical case studies. In 2003 the American Psychiatric Association appointed him as a Distinguished Life Fellow. Dr. Dorpat is listed in forty-six directories and Who’s Who lists.
Dr. Dorpat was in the practice of psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and psychoanalysis in Seattle, Washington. He continued to see clients up to a week before his death in October 2006, shortly after he completed work on this book. In his youth, during World War II, he served over three years in the U.S. Navy. On his return he graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was a valued elder in the Pacific Northwest therapeutic community as well as an inspiring mentor, scholar, and gifted clinician.
He presents a compelling picture of the detrimental effects of punishment, as well as a look at the new possibilities for restorative justice now being explored in Britain and Australia. Informed by scholarship, compassion, and a desire to confront injustice, this important work opens new ground for reconsidering our contemporary justice system.
His earlier works include:
(2002). Wounded Monster – Hitler’s Path from Trauma to Malevolence. Lanham MD: University Press of America.
(1992, with Miller, M. L.) Clinical Interaction and the Analysis of Meaning: A New Psychoanalytic Theory. Hillsdale NJ: Analytic Press.
(1991). Gaslighting, the Double Whammy, Interrogation, and Other Methods of Covert Control in Psychotherapy and Analysis. Northvale NJ: Jason Aronson.
(1985). Denial and Defense in the Therapeutic Situation. New York: Jason Aronson.
About the Book
This groundbreaking book by an award-winning psychoanalyst and forensic psychiatrist presents a comprehensive exploration of a timely but often taboo topic: the failure of punishment to deter crime and violence, an issue that...
Our society’s punitive social systems and methods for dealing with violence and misbehavior both in children and adults are actually exacerbating the maladies they are ostensibly designed to correct. Punishment does not correct or prevent violence; punishment causes violence.
The corporal punishment of children and the...
Introduction and Chapter Overview Chapter 1. A Psychoanalytic Perspective on the Effects of Punishment Emotional Effects of Punishment Anger, Hatred, Rage, and Revenge Emotion
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LC Classification: HV6080.D64
Dewey code: 364.973--dc22
BISAC: SOC030000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology
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