Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton E. SamenowIn 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. Samenows 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.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Inside the Criminal Mind’, Netflix’s Docuseries About Dark Psychology
Sign in. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Inside the Criminal Mind —. Hide Spoilers. Poorly put together and some very unnecessary re-enactments. I don't need to see someone raping a dead body.
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Each episode takes on the form of a crime, exploring the immoral behaviour that defines the most nefarious criminal types. If you can overlook the basic elements of a standard documentary, then this Netflix docuseries does provide a level of education. Unfortunately, what you learn will not surprise you, making me equally surprised that Netflix decided to tie themselves to something that is wholly unoriginal in terms of style and research. The opening episode is about serial killers, which is usually the benchmark for classic crime documentaries. The most interesting insight in the first episode was the analysis of Ted Bundy; in case you are unaware he was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered a number of young women and girls during the s. The documentary hints that he could have started much earlier but the police struggle to identify serial killers, as there is usually no link at first, and crimes can span days, months or years apart.
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