Inside The Criminal Mind

Inside The Criminal Mind by Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D is a very different look on criminals, their thought process, and why they behave the way they do. This book was originally written in 1984 and now is on its third edition, published in 2014. It's a groundbreaking look at the inner workings of the criminal mind. This new updated edition includes a look at new, modern topics such as computers, drugs and pharmaceuticals, video games, movies and TV, social media, and updated genetic and biological research. In this book he offers his solutions based on his many, many years studying this topic.

This is definitely not the typical crime book. Samenow's views contradict nearly everything we hear and read in popular media. Most people believe criminals are "born that way", or fall prey to influences completely beyond their control - poverty, abuse, etc. Samenow believes this is not true, that criminals have a certain thought pattern and can retrain their thinking to fix their behavior. This is definitely an eye opener. He draws on stories from his hands on research in the field. This is an extremely interesting book, and it's easy to read, as well. It's not written just for the academic, but for the layman. If you like to learn about psychology or read about true crime, this is the book for you.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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