Joachim Bauer: Pain Threshold. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, Social & Cultural Studies)

Pain Threshold

On the origin of everyday and global violence

Original Title: Schmerzgrenze

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in., 7 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-89667-437-1
€ 18.95 [D] | € 19.50 [A] | CHF 26.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: April 11, 2011
This title is available.


Rights sold to: Poland (Dobra Literatura), Spain (Plataforma)

Joachim  Bauer - Pain Threshold


New insights into the phenomenon of aggression

Sheer brutality in full public view, school shootings, deadly ethnic conflicts and wars for diminishing natural resources – the phenomenon of aggression is growing ever more urgent and we are finding it frightening.

The "aggression drive", that portentous invention of Sigmund Freud and Konrad Lorenz, declares violence to be a firm constant in human nature. Joachim Bauer has exposed the myth of the aggression drive, and presents a new conception of the phenomenon of violence based on the latest neuroscientific theories.

The evolutionary reason for aggression is for us to protect ourselves against pain being caused to us. But the pain threshold in the brain is different to what we had hitherto thought it to be. Our brain registers exclusion and humiliation in the same way as it does physical pain and thus reacts to it accordingly with aggression. Poverty also means exclusion and humiliation, especially when it spreads in the face of wealth. Resources like water, food and raw materials are in ever shorter supply on our planet. If we don't solve the problem of an unfair distribution of resources, violence will increase worldwide and threaten human existence. Joachim Bauer's book shows that fairness, cooperation and a new understanding of the mechanisms of violence are the only possible way out of the spiral of aggression.


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