Myth and Madness: The Psychodynamics of Anti-Semitism

Author(s) : Mortimer Ostow

Myth and Madness: The Psychodynamics of Anti-Semitism

Book Details

  • Publisher : Transaction
  • Published : 1996
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Category :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 497
  • ISBN 13 : 9781560002246
  • ISBN 10 : 1560002247
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By examining prejudiced patients and their myths, Dr Ostow exposes the common threads of anti-semitism across a variety of national and cultural settings. The book is divided into five major segments: clinical data on anti-semitic sentiments; mythological dimensions; specific anti-semitic myths; racial and post-modern muslim anti-semitism; and, finally, the pogrom mentality.

About the Author(s)

Ostow Mortimer was a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who specialised in the study of anti-Semitism and religious and racial fanaticism. He maintained a private practice in Manhattan, and his works include Myth and Madness: The Psychodynamics of Anti-Semitism, Drugs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and The Psychology of Melancholy. His studies of terrorism, and his theories on the Psychological causes of fanaticism are arguably more relevant than ever in the post-9/11 age.

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