On cruelty, violence, and compassion. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Adshead joins me on AEWCH 162.

7 Sep

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Friends,

I’m so honored to have had this conversation with Dr. Gwen Adshead, forensic psychiatrist and co-author of The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion. The Devil You Know is an absolutely stunning and heartbreaking book about violent offenders – serial killers, sex offenders, arsonists, and more – and why we should seek to understand and even feel compassion for them.

SHOW NOTES

• For more on Gwen, here’s a website with many of her lectures. Here’s her Desert Island Discs episode. And here’s a great little interview with her on topics of spirituality and religion in her work. And here’s a brief intro to her book and work in The Irish Times.

AEWCH 128 with Dan Gretton on the “desk killers” is one of my favorite episodes of the show. Give it a listen if you haven’t yet.

• Here’s the short documentary from the New York Times on a “sex offender village.”

• Gwen mentions her admiration for Richard Rohr, so I’ve included a link to his daily meditations here. They’re beautiful and helpful.

• Here’s the trailer for the Orson Welles classic, The Third Man.

Until next time, be loving to each other and the other,
XO
CH

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