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Inside the Criminal Mind

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ISBN-10: 140004619X

ISBN-13: 9781400046195

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Stanton E. Samenow

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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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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 3/30/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

A caution to the reader
Preface to the new edition
Preface to the 1984 edition
The basic myths about criminals
Parents don't turn children into criminals
Peer pressure : no excuse for crime
"The hell with school"
Work and the criminal
People as pawns
Ultimate control : crimes of violence
"It's thugs, not drugs; it's thinking, not drinking"
"Getting over on the shrinks"
Locked up
The criminal as terrorist : implications for international terrorism
The criminal's self-image : "decent people"
The total failure of the conventional wisdom
Coping with criminals : dusty trails and dead ends
To change a criminal
"Habilitation" or more crime?
Notes
Index