Straight Talk About Criminals / Edition 1

Straight Talk About Criminals / Edition 1

by Stanton E. Samenow

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ISBN-10: 0765703408

ISBN-13: 9780765703408

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.

In an unusually user-friendly forum, the co-author of the widely respected three-volume study The Criminal Personality addresses the questions posed by professional audiences during his speaking engagements of the past twenty years about causes, characteristics, and treatment of antisocial behavior. Stanton Samenow's responses, informed by his research and clinical


In an unusually user-friendly forum, the co-author of the widely respected three-volume study The Criminal Personality addresses the questions posed by professional audiences during his speaking engagements of the past twenty years about causes, characteristics, and treatment of antisocial behavior. Stanton Samenow's responses, informed by his research and clinical experience with criminal populations, assess environmental influences, social and familial; discuss bio-genteic factors and differential mental capacities and mental illnesses; and identify patterns, preventions, and interventions as well as issues of sentencing, confinement, and habilitation. "I am a clinical psychologist with the kind of practice few others have or want to have", Dr. Samenow says, referring to the hundreds of men, women, and children he has interviewed, evaluated, and counseled. The perspectives and recommendations he shares here are rooted in and distilled from that practice; they constitute an accessible, authoritative digest.

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Table of Contents

The Criminal Personality: An Introduction1
1Criminal Behavior Is a Result Not of Environment but of an Individual's Choices7
Role of Environment9
Environmental Stress and Crime13
The Military and Criminality15
Permissiveness in Society and Crime15
Egocentrism in Society and Crime17
Cultural Relativity and Crime17
2Environmental Factors Do Not Cause Crime19
Media Violence and Crime21
Pornography and Crime22
Free Time and Crime23
Full Moon and Crime24
Gangs: A Sense of Belonging?24
Birth Order and Crime25
3Bad Parenting Does Not Cause Crime27
Lack of Adequate Male Role Models29
Parents' Predictions: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?30
Antisocial Child as Family Scapegoat?31
Latchkey Children and Crime32
Permissive versus Authoritarian Parenting and Crime33
Parental Attention and Crime35
Parental Untruthfulness and Crime: An Example35
Is the Child to Blame for Crime?36
Crime as a Choice37
4People Do Not Become Abusers and Criminals Because They Were Abused39
Victim or Victimizer?41
Corporal Punishment and Violence46
5Biological/Genetic Contributions to Criminality Need Not Preordain Incarceration49
6The Alleged Increase in Crime: It Is Not Human Nature but Laws, Law Enforcement, and Deterrents that Change55
Inner-City Crime Rate57
Multiple Antisocial Offspring58
An Increase in Antisocial Personalities?58
Female Crime59
More Law Enforcement as a Cause of Crime?59
A One-Time Criminal?61
7Individuals with a Criminal Mind View Life Differently Than Do Responsible People63
Pursuit of Excitement65
Intelligence, Achievement, and Crime66
A Time Bomb of Anger68
A Tattered, Threadbare Conscience69
Fear of External Deterrents70
Shutting Off Feelings71
Vulnerability and Dreams72
Lack of Intimacy72
Group versus Individual Criminality73
Low Self-Esteem74
The Criminal and God75
Career Choice of Criminals77
Is the Criminal Immature?78
Male-Female Differences among Criminals78
Responsible Girlfriends of Criminals81
Fear and a Shootout83
Do Criminals Reform on Their Own?83
8The Criminal Mind Exists Independent of Particular Laws, Culture, or Customs87
Universal Criminality89
Defining Criminality89
Nonarrestable Criminals95
Does Psychological Testing Detect Criminality?97
Incidence of Criminal Personality in Criminal Justice System98
9The Criminal's After-the-Fact Excuses Rarely Reflect His True Motives99
An Unconscious Desire to Get Caught, or a Cry for Help?101
The Criminal's Victims103
Is Lying by a Criminal Pathological?105
Motivation to Rape106
Tastes and Preferences in Crime107
Incest and Criminality108
The Child Molester110
Romantic Involvement with a Criminal112
Predictability of Criminality114
Is Criminality a Disease?115
10Criminals, Not Drugs, Cause Crime117
11Criminals Are Neither Mentally Ill Nor Victims of Addictions127
The Sex Addict as Criminal131
Compulsion versus Habit132
Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity?134
Depression and the Criminal138
Is the Criminal Manic-Depressive (Bipolar)?139
Post-Traumatic Stress and Criminality140
Attention-Deficit Disorder141
Multiple Personality142
12Schools and Crime: Schools Must Combat Crime, Not Coddle Offenders145
Being Soft on Crime147
Educational Mainstreaming or Alternative Schools?148
Role of Learning Disabilities150
Victimization of Other Students151
13Criminals Can Change153
Rehabilitation Defined155
Is the Person or the Behavior Bad?158
Psychosis in Criminals159
The Disease Model160
Motivation to Change161
Twelve-Step Programs166
Short-Term Programs167
Criminal's Frustration while Changing168
14Helping a Criminal Change169
Deterrence of Thoughts171
Do Criminals Change?174
Is the Criminal Ever Credible?175
Censorship of Television with Juvenile Offenders176
Having a Criminal Read Inside the Criminal Mind176
Rechanneling Thinking?177
Group Therapy with Criminals178
Victim Empathy Programs179
Boot Camps180
Good Behavior in Confinement181
Unmotivated Offenders182
A Moral Stance185
Abuse of the Agent of Change186
"Untreatable" Offenders187
Criteria of Success188
Rewards of Change189
Positive Peer Pressure190
Are Individual Differences To Be Ignored?191
Empathy and Praise by the Agent of Change191
Need for Follow-Up193
When to Give Up194
15Agents of Change195
Being "Soft"197
Motives to Work with This Personality198
Therapists with a Criminal Personality200
Most Common Counselor Error200
Qualifications for Change Agents203
The Race of the Agent of Change204
Female Change Agents with Male Offenders205
Ex-Offenders as Change Agents207
Training Volunteers208
16Potential Criminal Patterns Can Be Identified Early and Preventive Steps Taken209
False Positives211
Risk Factors214
Choosing One's Behavior214
Addressing Causation215
Becoming Antisocial "Overnight"216
Age for Intervention217
Kids Who Go Straight218
17Directions for Social Policy221
Social Ills Do Not Create Criminals223
Holding Parents Responsible225
Responsibility or Excuses?226
Treatment by Corrections or Mental Health?227
What Does Not Work?228
Incarceration of Juveniles229
Age for Personal Accountability230
Methadone Treatment230
Compulsory Drug Treatment231
Comfort in Confinement232
Public Identification of Juvenile Offenders233
Legalization of Drugs233
Research Regarding Causation234
Mandatory Sentencing235
Is the Juvenile Justice System Too Lenient?236
The Death Penalty--A Deterrent?237
Defense Attorneys237
Drug Testing238
Raising Infants in Prison238
Incorrigible Recidivists239
Mission for Juvenile Justice Facility239
Benefits: Offenders and Victims240
18Offbeat Questions243
19Personal Questions249
A Final Note263
AppendixAn Overview of The Criminal Personality267
Volume 1A Profile for Change269
Volume 2The Change Process283
Volume 3The Drug User303
Recommended Reading315

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