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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars concise and straight to the point, 19 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Psychology of Criminal Conduct: Theory, Research and Practice (Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology) (Paperback)
The psychology of criminal conduct is a must have for anyone with an interest in forensic psychology. The book offers a sound basis for research into crime not only from a psychological perspective but also from disciplines such as psychiatry, law biology and philosophy. The contents include an introduction into the criminal justice system, theories of criminal behaviour and treatment of offending behaviour. Blackburn's writing style eases the novice reader into understanding the theory and interventions of criminal behaviour, whilst also aiding the more advanced reader to develop a greater understanding of applied forensic psychology. Despite the complexity of the topic, Blackburn write with the reader in mind; each section is clearly identifies ensuring the reader can access each specific area of interest with considerable ease.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, clear and concise, 31 Oct. 2001
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This review is from: Psychology of Criminal Conduct: Theory, Research and Practice (Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology) (Paperback)
Blackburn's The Psychology of Criminal Conduct must be considered one of the most important standard texts on the subject of criminal psychology - if not the most important. It is certainly comprehensive and broad, while maintaining a clear, concise and lucid style that helps the professional and casual reader alike.
It is refreshing to read a book on criminal psychology that does not rely on, as some do, outdated sociological prejudices and post-war research. And with the deep understanding of the topic that can only be acquired by a practising clinician. Blackburn's sources are contemporary and in-context, and cover the full range of research and theory. And the knowledge base drawn from is as broad as it is deep, encompassing biological, sociological, and jurisprudential sources in addition to psychological theory. So much so, that the different professionals involved in any case work or study in this area can reasonably regard the book as common ground.
Fully indexed and with over 70 pages of references, the book serves equally as a primer, or reference. This really is a must-have for any serious student or any professional with an interest in the subject.
From classification to intervention ethics, and from treatment to forensics, this work covers the lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Internet Troll Mirror Image, 25 Oct. 2011
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Psychology of Criminal Conduct: Theory, Research and Practice (Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology) (Paperback)
Breaks down the personality of one component of the criminal mind. Usually begins with a poor me who has been trashed by their parents, forming a personality who later seethes with hatred and vitriol at the world for what has happened to them as a kid. Made to feel inferior they seek to assume a rightful elusive self personality as an adult, which is built on fantasy and self aggrandizement. Their aim as Nietzsche highlights is to immerse themselves within a herd or seek the anonymous shelter of a shallow personality and inflict their grandiosity upon others.

Socio and psycho paths embark upon a will to power. They want to revenge their past brutalised worlds and sense of self hatred by directing it onto the passer by. This is the archetype of the criminal mind and you can see it with the invention of the internet troll.

A personality that seethes with hatred and envy wishes to colonise the worlds of those who appear more successful, powerful and have poise. Likewise the criminal mind also directs itself onto weaker objects who are stripped of their human essence then made into chess pieces they can control; these are called partners.

Needing drones they wish to supplicate their personality they find attach themselves to others who provide succor. The criminal mind of the beaten and torched needs to vent its frustration unless rescued from either self destruction or destruction of others around them - it is falling into nihilism.

Well worth reading to understand the basic psychology of the bog standard internet troll.

Be warned if this is a picture of you, you will come to a very sad end because your personality is cancerous, the toxic nature of self that has not sought a sense of balance becomes by its nature steeped in negativity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars useful for degree course, 13 Sept. 2014
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really useful book for my psychology and criminology degree course, would recommend it to anyone else studying the same
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Sept. 2014
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GREAT BOOK WOULD RECOMENDEND IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Aug. 2014
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Really useful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Jan. 2015
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grate read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Feb. 2015
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very good
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