Something New in the Study of Violence

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 24–25. Reviews the book, Violent Attachments by J. Reid Meloy (1992). Meloy has made an important contribution toward furthering our understanding of interpersonal violence. Instead of offering us lengthy reviews of statistical studies on violent behavior or repeating the same old admonitions about the grave legal consequences of our inability to predict violence, Meloy has taken a fresh approach. He examines interpersonal violence by using psychoanalytic attachment and object relations theory and by focusing on two undervalued but very important disorders of attachment, de Clerambault's syndrome and catathymic process. Violent Attachments was written for clinical practitioners and addresses the phenomenon of human violence between those who are emotionally involved. The author can be congratulated for writing a book that contains new and useful information. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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