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Goldberg, C. (2001). The Primary and Secondary Factors That Promote Destructive Personalities. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(2):167-185.

(2001). Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(2):167-185

The Primary and Secondary Factors That Promote Destructive Personalities

Carl Goldberg, Ph.D.

The ability of behavioral scientists to assist society deal competently with destructive behavior relies upon a recognition of its causes. Despite the pervasiveness of violence in American society, the roots of destructiveness are still poorly understood. Five primary and five secondary factors found in the developmental histories of people who have become involved in serious destruction are identified and discussed. The confluence of these factors in the steps toward destructive acts are traced.

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