Inside the Criminal Mind

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Crown Publishers, 2004 - Social Science - 257 pages
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In 1984, this groundbreaking book presented a chilling profile of the criminal mind that shattered long-held myths about the sources of and cures for crime. Now, with the benefit of twenty years' worth of additional knowledge and insight, Stanton Samenow offers a completely updated edition of his classic work, including fresh perceptions into crimes in the spotlight today, from stalking and domestic violence to white-collar crime and political terrorism.

Dr. Samenow's three decades of working with criminals have reaffirmed his argument that factors such as poverty, divorce, and media violence do not cause criminality. Rather, as Samenow documents here, all criminals share a particular mind-set--often evident in childhood--that is disturbingly different from that of a responsible citizen.

While new types of crime have grown more prevalent, or at least more visible to the public eye--from spousal abuse to school shootings--little has changed in terms of our approach to dealing with crime. Rehabilitation programs based on the assumption that society is more to blame for crime than the criminal, an assumption for which a causal link has yet to be established, have proved to be grossly inadequate. Crime continues to invade every aspect of our lives, criminal court dockets and prisons are oppressively overcrowded and expensive, and recidivism rates continue to escalate.

To embark on a truly corrective program, we must begin with the clear understanding that the criminal chooses crime; he chooses to reject society long before society rejects him. The criminal values people only to the extent that he can use them for his own self-serving ends; he does not justify his actions to himself. Only by "habilitating" the criminal, so that he sees himself realistically and develops responsible patterns of thought, can we change his behavior.

It is vital that we know who the criminal is and how and why he acts differently from responsible citizens. From that understanding can come reasonable, compassionate, and effective solutions.
  

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Although there was a lot in the book that resonated with me, at least from my personal experience, I couldn't get past the stodgy writing and the broad generalizations. It was like listening to an old man yell from his porch for three and a half hours. Read full review

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User Review  - Sam Mlyniec - Goodreads

Although there was a lot in the book that resonated with me, at least from my personal experience, I couldn't get past the stodgy writing and the broad generalizations. It was like listening to an old man yell from his porch for three and a half hours. Read full review

Contents

THE BASIC MYTHS ABOUT CRIMINALS
1
PARENTS DONT TURN CHILDREN INTO CRIMINALS
16
3
40
THE HELL WITH SCHOOL
54
WORK AND THE CRIMINAL
70
PEOPLE AS PAWNS
83
CRIMES OF VIOLENCE
101
ITS THUGS NOT DRUGS
112
GETTING OVER ON THE SHRINKS
122
LOCKED UP
145
3
183
5
208
6
236
NOTES
243
INDEX
253
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About the author (2004)

STANTON E. SAMENOW, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, has spent thirty-four years as a researcher, clinician, consultant, and expert witness specializing in criminal behavior. He has also served as an independent evaluator in adversarial child custody disputes for the past twenty years and has been appointed to three presidential task forces on law enforcement, victims' rights, and a drug-free America. In October 2003, he was appointed an expert witness for the prosecution in the trial against accused "Washington Sniper" Lee Boyd Malvo, aka John Lee Malvo. Dr. Samenow lives in Virginia.

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