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First published 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, Samenow believes, 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, Samenow postulates that 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, does Samenow believe that his behavior can be changed.
Inside the Criminal Mind, revised edition, will be of interest to students of criminology, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and law and legal studies.
Praise for Inside the Criminal Mind, Revised ed.....
"As with all his books, forensic psychologist Stanton Samenow writes with great depth and insight about how criminals think, and how that thinking facilitates and justifies criminal behavior. No one has more experience or writes better about these things than does Samenow, or brings more intelligent suggestions to bear on how these things can and must change before any reasonable rehabilitation is possible. In short, this book is a must for any person, layman and professional alike, who wants to understand how criminals are different from the rest of us.”
–David B. Cohen, Ph.D., Prof. of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, and author of Stranger in the Nest and Where Did THAT Child Come From
“In this superb work, Stanton Samenow reveals for us the self-servingly distorted mind generally characteristic of those who choose to make crime a way of life. His depiction of a career criminal who "habilitates" or achieves responsibility through intensive cognitive behavioral therapy is, I suspect, the best ever presented. Many of my students have been awestruck by its power. Especially in its new edition, Inside the Criminal Mind should be required reading for anyone planning to work with chronic felony offenders.”
–John Gibbs, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University
“A wonderful book, full of insight and straight thinking. I would hope that every legislator--state and federal, judge, prosecutor and defense attorney would read this book. Such a reading would have a profoundly positive effect on our criminal justice system.”
–Stanley S. Hubbard, Chairman, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
"Utterly compelling reading, full of raw insight into the dark mind of the criminal. We all know the world has changed since the first edition of this book came out in 1984. In this new, completely reworked edition, Dr. Samenow applies his astute and singular understanding of the criminal mind to cases found in today's headlines--internet predators, domestic violence offenders, civilian snipers, those who perpetrate crimes in ways we could not even fathom twenty years ago. A chilling portrait of the criminal mind's capability."
--John Douglas, author of the New York Times bestseller Mindhunter
"Dr. Samenow’s revolutionary approaches, at first quite controversial, quickly found wide-spread acceptance among practitioners in [his] field. To this date, many criminal and juvenile justice agencies train their personnel in accordance with the methodologies set forth in the 1984 edition of Dr. Samenow’s book. In this newly revised version, readers will find a wealth of information in expanded topics, updated material and significant new insights. All of it is well-researched and presented with the same straight-forward clarity we’ve come to expect from Dr. Stanton Samenow."
–John A. Cocoros, Cocoros Associates, Correctional Planning & Program Specialist
“Dr. Samenow hopes in this edition that readers of the 1984 text will find enough new information to make reading it worthwhile...this hope is indeed realized. If you care about crime behavior, this book is great information and if you care about the potential of changing criminal mentation, this book is a must read. Each chapter has critical concepts regarding criminal thinking and the interplay with changing societal attitudes regarding wrong and bad behavior.”
–David A. Deitch, PhD, Professor Clinical Psychiatry, Director, CARTA