Straight Talk About Criminals / Edition 1

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Is there a genetic predisposition to crime? Should mental illness be taken into account? Do family and social environments have a role? Do people become abusers because they have been abused? How can people who do terrible things consider themselves good people? What should someone involved in a relationship with a criminal know? Stanton Samenow, co-author of the widely respected three-volume study of The Criminal Personality, has collected the questions posed by audiences during his speaking engagements of the past twenty-eight years about causes, characteristics, and treatments of antisocial behavior. Now he draws on his research and clinical experience with hundreds of men, women, and children to offer no-frills answers that embody his informed perspectives on some of the toughest policy issues facing individuals, institutions, and governments today.
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Editorial Reviews

John Douglas
Dr. Samenow knows more about the criminal personality than anyone I know. The 'straight talk about criminals' he gives us, after spending more than twenty-seven years interviewing, evaluating, and treating men, women, and children convicted of a variety of crimes, is a must-read for anyone working with convicted felons as well as for the lay person with questions about the criminal personality and how it got to be that way.
John C. Gibbs
Stanton Samenow drives home with unprecedented power the revolutionary discovery of his clinical experience—namely, that to treat the antisocial individual we must understand the self-serving distortions of the criminal mind. Only recently has cognitive-behavioral research caught up with and confirmed Samenow's discovery, which is lucidly articulated and expanded through a straightforward question-and-answer format. Straight Talk About Criminals should be required reading for anyone who would work with chronic offenders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765703408
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

The Criminal Personality: An Introduction 1
1 Criminal Behavior Is a Result Not of Environment but of an Individual's Choices 7
2 Environmental Factors Do Not Cause Crime 19
3 Bad Parenting Does Not Cause Crime 27
4 People Do Not Become Abusers and Criminals Because They Were Abused 39
5 Biological/Genetic Contributions to Criminality Need Not Preordain Incarceration 49
6 The Alleged Increase in Crime: It Is Not Human Nature but Laws, Law Enforcement, and Deterrents that Change 55
7 Individuals with a Criminal Mind View Life Differently Than Do Responsible People 63
8 The Criminal Mind Exists Independent of Particular Laws, Culture, or Customs 87
9 The Criminal's After-the-Fact Excuses Rarely Reflect His True Motives 99
10 Criminals, Not Drugs, Cause Crime 117
11 Criminals Are Neither Mentally Ill Nor Victims of Addictions 127
12 Schools and Crime: Schools Must Combat Crime, Not Coddle Offenders 145
13 Criminals Can Change 153
14 Helping a Criminal Change 169
15 Agents of Change 195
16 Potential Criminal Patterns Can Be Identified Early and Preventive Steps Taken 209
17 Directions for Social Policy 221
18 Offbeat Questions 243
19 Personal Questions 249
A Final Note 263
App An Overview of The Criminal Personality 267
Recommended Reading 315
Index 317
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