"Inside the Criminal Mind"
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This paper summarizes the book, "Inside the Criminal Mind", and describes how Samenow's insights concerning how criminals think offer a fascinating but controversial view into the criminal mind. The paper highlights his view of criminals as selfish, impulsive and undisciplined people, and presents the opinion that Dr. Samenow is perhaps right on target about how some criminals think, but, those who argue that there are many types of criminal thinking and that adverse social conditions contribute to crime, are closer to the truth.
From the Paper:"In his book Inside the Criminal Mind, author Stanton Samenow seeks to "show how our current thinking about causes of crime is dead wrong and why our solutions have turned out to be no solutions at all." He offers the theory that criminals "have a fundamentally different view of the world from that of people who are basically responsible," and concludes that "crime resides within the mind of human beings and is not caused by social conditions." (Samenow 5)
"In summarizing the content of Inside the Criminal Mind, Dr. Samenow argues that the social learning theories which guide most treatment programs for criminal offenders are based on the idea that criminals, deep down, are just like law abiding citizens, and are experiencing problems because of unjust social conditions. Dr. Samenow believes that this idea has led to ineffective and costly attempts to rehabilitate individuals who were never habilitated in the first place, but are in fact essentially different than the rest of us."
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"Inside the Criminal Mind" (2003, October 26) Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/inside-the-criminal-mind-43417/
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