People who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures peck demonstrates the havoc these people of the lie work in the lives of those around them he presents from vivid incidents encountered in his psychiatric practice examples of evil in everyday life. In the people of the lie peck unveils his dissatisfaction with psychologys attempt or lack there of at naming evil this in fact is the stated purpose of the book peck believes that to name something correctly creates a sense of predictability and control thus the human animal is quite complex capable of acts of heroism and . The varieties of peoples wickedness are manifold as a result of their refusal to tolerate the sense of their own sinfulness the evil ones become the uncorrectable grab bag of sin they are for instance in my experience remarkably greedy people. First published in 1983 people of the lie the hope for healing human evil isbn 0 7126 1857 0 followed on from pecks first book peck describes the stories of several people who came to him whom he found particularly resistant to any form of help
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