Item description for People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil by M. Scott Peck...
Overview A description of the author's experience of psychiatric therapy with patients who appear manifestly evil which attempts to show that a spiritual or even religious dimension is required to aid in the understanding of human nature.
Publishers Description With his classic trilogy, "The Road Less Traveled," "Further Along the Road Less Traveled," and "The Road Less Traveled and Beyond," Dr. M. Scott Peck has introduced more than seven million readers to an integration of the deepest insights of psychiatry with those of religion. In this absorbing and equally inspiring companion volume, Dr. Peck brilliantly probes into the essence of human evil. People who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures. Peck demonstrates the havoc these people of the lie work in the lives of those around them. He presents, from vivid incidents encountered in his psychiatric practice, examples of evil in everyday life. This book is by turns disturbing, fascinating, and altogether impossible to put down as it offers a strikingly original approach to the age-old problem of human evil.
Community Description With his classic trilogy, The Road Less Traveled, Further Along the Road Less Traveled, andThe Road Less Traveled and Beyond, Dr. M. Scott Peck has introduced over 6 million readers to an integration of the deepest insights of psychiatry with those of religion. In this absorbing and equally inspiring companion volume, Dr. Peck probes brilliantly into the essence of human evil. People who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures. Peck demonstrates the havoc these People of the Lie work int he lives of those around them. He presents, from vivid incidents encountered in his psychiatric practice, examples of evil in everyday life.
This book is by turns disturbing, fascinating and altogether impossible to put down as it offers a strikingly original approach to the age-old problem of human evil.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.31" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1998
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0684848597 ISBN13 9780684848594
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More About M. Scott Peck
M. Scott Peck, M.D., is the author of several "New York Times" best-sellers, including The Road Less Traveled, which has spent more than ten years on the Times list and is arguably the most influential spiritual book of modern times. He and his wife, Lily, live in northern Connecticut and have been the recipients of several awards for peacemaking.
M. Scott Peck lived in New Preston, in the state of Connecticut. M. Scott Peck was born in 1936 and died in 2005.
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People of the Lie Mar 27, 2007
The book is one of those more than worth reading. WHY? B/c it will indeed be a strong link used to transform you to the person you know and want to be - for yourself and the world around you. It is a must read if you are a person that wishes not to live a lie!
Not so good Mar 16, 2007
I purchased this book along with father malachi's exorsism tales. I wasn't looking for horror (and there was none). The topic is interesting and I don't doubt that evil exists (you can take a short trip to any public place to realize that!)... What I found very disturbing about this book is that Mr. Peck didn't seem to present a clear or fair judgement at all of the subjects he was studying. Peck gave several case studies of people he deemed as "Evil" by his own words but I just can't fathom how he saw evil as it was explained to me in his words. I know that the people were bad or wrong.. but evil? I can't get from what he wrote that they were evil. Maybe they were but that's not how HE explained it. It kind of seemed to me that Mr. Peck was on a sort of witch hunt and I think it's fair to say that if other people in his field were to hold his opinion high.. there might be some problems with the outcome. I'm not saying he's wrong or right but the way he explains things is not clearly defined for me to draw the conclusion of "evil" in those people. Evil does exist and I think if one were to write about it, it should be handled with a bit more clarification to the general public. Mr peck also seems to believe that all evil people are of course mentally challenged but he seems to take it one step furthur in attempting to commit to the fact that certain scientifically proven illness IS evil as well as illness (schitzophrenia), not JUST illness. Does neurology ever come into play? It was difficult to read because it droned on and on and wasn't really very interesting or detailed or informing. He does proclaim that his experience is limited.. and that was obvious to me as well. This book lost me at the first case study because I was waiting for it to impact and was left wondering.. WHAT? WAS THAT? And as I kept reading hoping it would but.. more of the same, WHAT? and then a long period of boredom. It just isn't informative or factual at all. I'm pretty sure you'll get the same vibe.
Insightful Mar 8, 2007
I read this book for two reasons: greater understanding of people who have narcissism personality disorder, which I have had to deal with, and to get an understanding of a psychologist's view of 'evil.' I found the book very profound in its insights, and although I didn't get more information about narcissism directly (there are other sources that specifically deal with it) it certainly validated my view of it as 'evil' in its consequences.
I appreciated the definition of evil as much broader than just 'sin', (which is part of my own theological construct.) He has a good working definition of evil which explains much of what is happening in the world today.
I did not find the strategies for dealing with narcissism that I was seeking, and the chapter on exorcism didn't really help my understanding. I finished the book still wondering how to "heal the evil", which is the promise on the front of the book.
Peck might as well burn us at the stake! Mar 6, 2007
oh my goodness, this book continues the age old ignorance of labeling the mentally ill as possessed...Perhaps it is easier to label patients as evil then to admit that analysis can't help someone with a biological problem...diabetics used to be labeled as 'possessed' before the discovery of insulin, manic-depressives are regulated by lithium, yet Peck would label such a soul, a person seeking help from a medical doctor as 'evil' since obviously Peck can not cure these diseases by 'talk therapy' - I'm shocked and outraged. Peck repent!
A Must Read Jan 26, 2007
As we live in a society (America) where superficial is the norm, this book speaks to the very heart of so many we interact with on a daily basis. This is a book that will prick the ego of many who choose to live their lives in pretense....yet a book that will encourage all the souls that desire healthy relationships via truth and intimacy. It is very easy to believe that the desire for people to "be real" and loving is a fantasy..not to be found in this world.. and therefore our desire or expectation of that from people is wrong. This book encourages those seekers that their desire is not the problem....the problem lies with the "people of the lie" which unequivocally descibes a vast percentage of Americans. So, this book will either encourage you or upset you....depending upon which side of it's truth you find yourself sitting.