Human Behavior

The following is a list of classic books on the pathology of human behavior. For anyone entering recovery and learning how to successfully deal with people, these might help! 


In “Narcissism: Denial of the True Self,” Alexander Lowen delves into the maze of narcissistic behavior, unraveling its mysteries and providing clarity on its origins.

Largely considered the gold standard analysis, we gain insight into the heart of narcissistic personalities, shedding light on the veil of self-love and the core of self-hatred concealed beneath.

For those of you seeking to understand human behavior’s complexities, especially in today’s increasingly self-centered world, this book is crucial.

“Narcissism is an attitude which is characterized by an inability to love and to be loved.”


  • Original Date of Publication: 1984
  • Author: Alexander Lowen
  • Number of Pages: 256

Without Conscience


Robert D. Hare’s “Without Conscience” offers a chilling exploration of psychopathy, unmasking the enigmatic and unsettling nature of people without conscience.

Like the recommendation above is to narcissism, this is widely known to be the gold standard clinical description of psychopathy.

Drawing upon decades of research, Hare details the traits and patterns observed in psychopaths, allowing readers to grasp the intricate workings of these seemingly normal but deeply disturbed people.

For anyone who wants to understand the darker facets of human behavior, Hare’s insights are not only enlightening but essential.

“Not all psychopaths are in prison – some are in the boardroom.”


  • Original Date of Publication: 1993
  • Author: Robert D. Hare
  • Number of Pages: 236


James Gilligan’s “Violence” dives into the nature and reasons behind violent behavior, shedding light on the roots of aggression in our culture.

Drawing from his experiences working in the U.S. prison system, Gilligan makes a compelling case that violence is often a response to feelings of shame and humiliation.

By understanding these underlying triggers, he suggests, we can take steps toward reducing violent acts in our communities. A must-read for anyone who wants a clearer picture of the societal and psychological factors that drive violence.

“All violence is an attempt to replace shame with self-esteem.”

  • Original Date of Publication: 1996
  • Author: James Gilligan
  • Number of Pages: 306

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