The Psychology of Hatred

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photoWhat makes someone hate? Most of us know what it is to get angry and feel rage. But few experience the intense hatred that drives the suicide bomber, the terrorist or those who take part in mass slaughter.

It's no ordinary emotion, says author Willard Gaylin. Hate is a psychological disorder. And in his book "Hatred," he takes us to the very roots of humankind's most destructive emotion.


Willard Gaylin, psychiatrist and author of 14 books about human emotion and culture. His latest book is "Hatred: The Psychological Descent into Violence"

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly

This program aired on August 6, 2003.


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