Because the Forces of STS want to take us to the next step: To accept certain variants of psychopathy starting with 'psychopathy-lite' ie the 'not-so-dangerous' ones... You know, the non-violent psychopath-types that Fallon's apparently 'normal' wife doesn't mind living with.Thanks. Why is he now getting air play?
Just a note that in Soviet Union and in many Russian schools "Crime and Punishment" is on the 10nth grade's mandatory reading list. But some think that this particular book is perhaps a too heavy reading for such young minds, and they don't really understand it and adopt teacher's views.
My research convinced me that the key was not early trauma but the development of perverse thought patterns. These men were motivated to murder by their fantasies.
They are obsessed with fantasy, and they have what we must call nonfulfilled experiences that become part of the fantasy and push them on toward the next killing.
Faced with a difficult happenstance such as the loss of a job, they turn inward and focus on their own problems to the exclusion of all else, and on fantasies as the solution to the problems.
The fantasies are substitutes for more positive human encounters, and as the adolescent becomes more dependent on them, he loses touch with acceptable social values.
His thinking patterns are all turned inward, designed only to stimulate himself.
I had long argued that the aberrant behavior of killers is in some ways only an extension of normal behavior.
1. Calculating how much he needed to disclose in order to feed others what he thought others wanted to hear. He’d tell part of the truth, but omit the rest.
2. Deliberately being vague about his activities.
3. Minimizing the seriousness of his conduct.
4. Persistent attempts to divert others from touchy matters so that he could avoid revealing anything incriminating.
5. And a fifth tactic was to seize the offensive and criticize other people rather than permit discussion of his activities.
Exactly. Thank you for explain it so clearly and with right words.Samenow's book opens the doors to looking at our programming and 'struggles' in a specifically focused light. While there are many elements that have been discussed here before, I think the work structures things in such a way that leaves no wiggle room for lies. That said, the book can still be read in two different ways. It can be read as applying to criminals only and you can check off how this or that thinking error doesn't apply to you. If there are deep seated programs and issues that you live with, this method of reading can be a thinking error in itself, in part coming from the maintenance of a self-image as a good and decent person. Admittedly, that is how I started the book.