Where do you fall on the spectrum? I'm a mix of Chaotic Good and Lawful Evil 😁
Are people born evil or is evil thrust upon them? Is it brain anomalies, nature, nurture, chemical imbalances that affect a convicted murderer or serial killer? Author Julia Shaw explores all this in the psychology and history of evil and deviance. Careful, some of it might be too close to home. Now excuse me while I wear my eyepatch, stroke my cat and plot global domination. Muhahaha!
I do love psychology, especially forensic psychology, and popular science books so I needed to buy this one 🤔. Shaw challenges popular concepts of “evil”, especially the belief that some people and some actions are pure evil. She shows how many of us do things others would probably call evil, why we might do or think “evil” things and what makes these things evil to us. Very interesting topic and arguments!
Evil: The Science Behind Humanity‘s Dark Side was informative and entertaining. This is my first book by Dr. Julia Shaw and her writing pulls me in. There is a great mix of science (a lot of science), pop culture, and personal stories that makes this book one of my favorites of the year. At some points it is funny but she definitely knows when to reign it in when talking about sensitive subjects.