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The Objectification Spectrum: Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of Others

John M. Rector

Abstract

What lies at the heart of humanity's capacity for evil? Any tenable answer to this age-old question must include an explanation of our penchant for objectifying and dehumanizing our fellow human beings. This book proposes a new model of objectification. Rather than offering a narrow definition of the term, it explores objectification as a spectrum of misapprehension running from its mildest form, casual indifference, to its most extreme manifestation, dehumanization. Using examples to demarcate three primary levels of objectification, the book engages in an exploration of various dispositional ... More

Keywords: evil, objectification, casual indifference, dehumanization, narcissism, ego, death denial, toxic situations, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199355419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199355419.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Rector, author
Brigham Young University-Idaho, Counseling Center, Counseling Psychologist