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Straight Talk about Criminals : Understanding and Treating Antisocial Individuals - Stanton E. Samenow

Straight Talk about Criminals

Understanding and Treating Antisocial Individuals

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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.

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 Douglas, Ed.D., former chief, FBI Investigative Support Unit 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. -- John C. Gibbs, Ph.D., Ohio State University

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Criminal Personality: An Introductionp. 1
Criminal Behavior Is a Result Not of Environment but of an Individual's Choicesp. 7
Environmental Factors Do Not Cause Crimep. 19
Bad Parenting Does Not Cause Crimep. 27
People Do Not Become Abusers and Criminals Because They Were Abusedp. 39
Biological/Genetic Contributions to Criminality Need Not Preordain Incarcerationp. 49
The Alleged Increase in Crime: It Is Not Human Nature but Laws, Law Enforcement, and Deterrents that Changep. 55
Individuals with a Criminal Mind View Life Differently Than Do Responsible Peoplep. 63
The Criminal Mind Exists Independent of Particular Laws, Culture, or Customsp. 87
The Criminal's After-the-Fact Excuses Rarely Reflect His True Motivesp. 99
Criminals, Not Drugs, Cause Crimep. 117
Criminals Are Neither Mentally Ill Nor Victims of Addictionsp. 127
Schools and Crime: Schools Must Combat Crime, Not Coddle Offendersp. 145
Criminals Can Changep. 153
Helping a Criminal Changep. 169
Agents of Changep. 195
Potential Criminal Patterns Can Be Identified Early and Preventive Steps Takenp. 209
Directions for Social Policyp. 221
Offbeat Questionsp. 243
Personal Questionsp. 249
A Final Notep. 263
An Overview of The Criminal Personalityp. 267
Recommended Readingp. 315
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9781568218755
ISBN-10: 1568218753
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 325
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 15.75  x 3.07
Weight (kg): 0.62