Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Book Review: "Inside the Criminal Mind" (Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D.)

Before you read this post, take sixty seconds to pause and jot down (or think about) all the different assumptions and stereotypes you associate with criminal behavior. Why do criminals commit crimes? What is the most effective way to deter criminal activity? What do you think of rehabilitating criminals into society? What demographics or socioeconomic conditions seem most common among criminals?

Clinical psychologist Stanton E. Samenow climbs Inside the Criminal Mind in his latest excellently researched book. He tackles the most common stereotypes associated with criminal behavior and psychology and sheds light, through hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours of study, on what really goes on inside a criminal's head.

Issues addressed include the nature-or-nurture debate, and whether one or the other is more likely to produce a criminal; the criminal's psychological approach to school, work, authority, and sexual relations; how drug addictions figure (or not) into a criminal's behavior and choices; and whether criminal behavior can be attributed to mental illness.

The work, while chilling and somewhat unnerving in content, is nonetheless clearly a scholarly, academic endeavor, and a well-written one at that. A great deal of information converges in these pages from years of scientific study and survey.

This is not a work to be taken lightly, but it is one that would prove highly useful to anyone (from counselors and psychologists to law enforcement personnel to writers) interested in the thought process and choices of the typical criminal personality.

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Author: Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D.
Title: Inside the Criminal Mind
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3990-8
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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