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Criminology 101 – August 2010 Commentary

Criminology 101 – August 2010 Commentary

Mythology and the Criminal Mind

Not much has changed and there is nothing new under the sun, as humans give lip service to allegations of modern civility, social progress and pious intellectualism. Hypocrisy runs rampant in our pretext to knowing so much about so little in terms of our psychopathologies. Our egocentric fixations on what is and what ought to be clamor over the tip of the psychosexual humanistic iceberg.

We obsess at the gnat that specks upon the next opus we hope to proselytize, and at the same time, swallow the elephant sitting in the room right next to us. Accepted beliefs about the deterministic/positivist views about the “causes of crime” are extremely difficult to change, since we vicarious identify with our social nemesis. None the less, we speculate the fictions of cause and effect.

Basic misconceptions about the nature of crime and criminals, as well as subsequent punishment, devolve into unfortunate social policies. Not to mention of course, the distracting effects perpetrated in the hallowed halls of academia. Ivory towered narcissism, especially by those who’ve never been there, done that or lived to get the tee shirt, perpetrates a sordid list of misguided theoretical constructs. From which, many become “experts” and start consulting businesses.

In very succinct terms, criminals fully understand the choices they make, and comprehend the dimensions of what is right and wrong. They’ve got us fooled because they are us and we are them. Many know their rights better than you do and they grasp the ways and means by which the system works. This is particularly true when they’re confronted by they’re next psychological evaluation. They make their choices, pick their targets and satiate their prurient passions. As usual appearances are always deceptive. Criminals represent every aspect of the social, commercial and political spectrum of human interaction.(1)

Depth and Meaning of Anti-Social Behavior

What could be the depth of meaning behind anti-social behaviors? Or, the expanse within the cerebral networks that conjure the incredible variety of illicit proclivities. We can’t know its shadowy richness because it’s very intricate. Particularly, those activities that all of us think about and never reveal. What about the manner by which some of us sometimes act out extraordinary heinous behaviors? There’s the frequent news report where the neighbor conjures up surprise about the murderer next door. Surprise, surprise, and yet, lurking just under the psychic surface, a person reveals another part of the self. But, wait, where did that come from? Well, it was there all the time.

Aside from the usual cover stories and ruses about parenting, poverty and poor potty training, what the real story? Deeper inside the human psyche the investigation must delve to find the mysterious nature of human beings. We have to go beyond the simplistic templates that touch only the surface of human behavior. Not just material acquisitions are the goal, although that’s a compelling aspect of enticement. Such is not the entire answer to the human equation. But, we have to search the darkest regions of thinking that remain in the privacy of human ideations. It has to be something that is universally applicable. A complexity that fits every single human being.

Argumentatively, many will decry any full-scale comprehensive application of criminality to every single person. If you were to say everyone is a potential criminal, then you’d suffer a degree of social complaint. After all, aren’t most people “law abiding”? Depends on what you mean? At this point, we’d have to define criminality in a very broad sense. To this end, the applicability must span a global spectrum. For example, when someone alludes to so called “serial killers”, that appellation should have world-wide implications. However, depending on one’s definition, and country of origin, the term “serial killer” has a confusing meaning. So, definitional criteria should ascribe data in the broadest sense possible. Why couldn’t we say people who kill more than one person are basically “multi-murderers”? Rather than become fixated on specific criteria as to whether or not they kill over a period of time. Or, in that regard, have a “cooling off” period, what ever that is. A broader scope is necessary.

In this regard, time-travel would be relevant. Such an exercise could be significant in demonstrating how we easily overlook important aspects in our more modern perspective. People can become cleverly seduced by their worldview when limited in depth, scope and extent. In your historic time travels, you should go back a hundred years to say the least. Discover the essence of human evil in so many past debaucheries. Moving backwards a hundred year’s is a minimum teleportation for this exercise. Each point along the way, we’ll discover certain consistent modes of behavior. Human beings don’t alter their habits, intentions or desires very …

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Sex Crimes – Personal Responsibility for Criminal Behavior

Sex Crimes – Personal Responsibility for Criminal Behavior

Why do people commit crimes? Answer, because they want to. Criminal behavior is the expression of deviance within all of us. Basically, criminals are us, and we are them. Some do minor things, like run a stop sign, cheat on their taxes, or take property from their employer. Others do serious acts of criminal behavior that cause death, trauma and destruction. The criminal underworld is composed of all kinds of people. Like you and me, they come from all walks of life. And, they are not much different than the rest of so called “law abiding” citizens. Criminals are males, females, young, old, single, married, etc. Of special interest to law enforcement is the area referred to as sex crimes. In this regard, again the criminological question arises about the nature of sex crimes and the reason for their commission. Often, the various media, politicians and some in law enforcement assert a causal connection between such crimes and adult oriented entertainment. In reality, there is no scientific data to support such a connection. But, what is the “want to” within the rubric the human psyche? Or, instead of the “want to”, the so called “desire, urging, yearning,” and so forth often heard from so many criminals. That’s an age old question that may defy conventional explanation.

Many studies have tried over the years to draw a direct correlation. Basically, there is none. Keep in mind, people act in criminal ways because that is their preference. We need to alert to spurious notions about such behavior. Criminals serving long terms in prison, or facing execution, have sometimes indicated a connection exists. But, you have to wonder about their motivation. After all, criminals will tell you whatever you want to know. Making stuff up and lying about their intentions is generic to the criminal. Their opinions on matters of criminal behavior should be taken a suspicious. In short, behavior is not a notion of some simply mirroring behavior they viewed in a magazine, video or on television. Criminal behavior is more than “monkey see – monkey do”. Just like other crimes, sex crimes are acts of opportunity, personal motive, individual gain versus risk and ability. These criminal acts stem from premeditation and the individual pursuit of power and control over other people. Crimes involving a sexual dimension represent innate motives of personal expression. In fact, in some countries, the dramatic increase in adult materials has shown a corresponding decrease in sex crimes.

Some researchers have pointed out that criminals would probably lose interest in doing something that was made legal by society. Rape, for example, is not motivated by sex. Instead, sex is a weapon, but the motive relates to power, anger, aggression and violence. Crimes boil down to issues of gain, opportunity and ability. As such, criminal acts of a sexual nature concern potency, power and perception on the part of the perpetrator. Criminals are people who refuse to obey the law and act in a responsible manner. In order to obtain the personal gain, the criminal pursues the exhibition of his or her fantasy world. This might include playing con games with potential victims. He or she may capitalize upon exceptional interpersonal communication skills. Criminals may assert a fa?�ade of decency in order to snare their objective. Using various skills, they may find intimidation often works.

Like a bully, the criminal seeks out those who appear vulnerable. They learn early how to manipulate others. Domination and taking something raises the excitement level to heightened degrees. Sex crimes become an expression of anti-social behavior. According to some researchers, criminals who commit sex crimes show a significant resistance to changing their “deviant behavior patterns”. In spite of various treatment approaches, success rates with such criminals remains extremely low. And, on top of that, there is little definitive evidence that shows treatment reduces repeat behavior. But, before they are caught, why do they commit such acts? A host of reasons have been suggested. Is it genetic, hormonal, or social? What is the gain they received from the commission of heinous acts of brutality?

Criminal behavior demonstrates the offender’s ability to carry out his or her need to fulfill a fantasy. The inner workings of an individual’s psyche can defy the imagination. Freedom of choice is at the core of criminal behavior. The criminal’s motives become an extension of their personality. At a crime scene, this is the signature by which the criminal defines his or her actions. Behaviors are motivated by internal desires that stem from the fantasy life of the individual. The passion or power behind the motivation to commit an act of deviance or criminal behavior relates to basic desires of control, dominance, anger, revenge and displays of perceived inadequacy. As such, our …

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When Should I Settle My Personal Injury Case?

In personal injury cases, the decision to settle or go to trial can be incredibly nerve-wracking for the injured party. Already dealing with the effects of ill health, the injured wants to receive adequate compensation, but fears that a trial may leave them worse-off financially than when they started. It often times can feel like a big gamble, one that is far too important to lose. With the uncertainty of trial litigation, and the difficulty of even securing a trial date, the decision to go to court rather than settle needs to be made with all rational and reflective faculties working at full capability. This article will aim to aid in the process of this difficult decision.
It may seem like shamefully obvious advice, but many people fail to heed it and pay the price in their personal injury cases: Choose the right attorney! Choosing an effective, knowledgeable, honest and dependable attorney can alleviate much of the psychological and emotional distress inherent to litigation. A good way to tell if an attorney is going to be cooperative and helpful is to see how responsive they are to questions early on. Attorneys who seem bothered or are dismissive to inquiring clients may not have the experience or skills needed to navigate the choppy waters of litigation. Answers need to be provided with patience and in language that can be understood by a person without legal training.
Additionally, the numbers of the case should be well-known and understood, that is, the financial particulars. Damages for personal injury include coverage for lost wages, medical bills, rental car expenses and, more generally, pain, suffering, humiliation and distress. A good attorney will be able to work through all of these possible factors with their client, ensuring that the maximum damages will be collected. If an attorney seems abrasive or uninformed, and is unable to assist adequately in these important ways, then it might be time to seek new counsel.
Experience is the best indicator for an attorney’s quality- the more cases he or she has worked and been a part of, the better ability he or she will have in advising a client to go to trial or to settle. Experienced attorneys are able to assess both a client’s best option, the opponent’s best option and subsequently to decipher a middle ground between the two that will leave all parties feeling some measure of satisfaction. The best attorneys in the business will know after learning all the facts of a case if it is worth the gamble of going to travel, or if a settlement is the best option. Unfortunately, however, no attorney knows for sure what a particular judge or jury will see in the facts of a case, and any that pretend to know for certain the outcome of a case before it happens should be regarded with a healthy amount of incredulity.
The retainer agreement is an extraordinarily important document for an empowered client. Some retainer agreements sign over settlement power to the attorney, meaning that he or she can settle the case without the client’s consent. It’s important that the particulars of the arrangement are well-known on both sides, to prevent a settlement being made against a client’s wishes.
Sometimes, in addition to an attorney, mediators can be extremely helpful, especially if a settlement seems like the best option. Voluntary mediation contributes to an atmosphere of good will (or at least not one of open hostility) between both sides, and can help both parties come closer together, or at least help them understand one another’s goals in the case.
Attorneys and mediators aside, the decision to settle is ultimately personal (if those rights have been maintained, as they should be, in the retainer agreement). The injured person is the one who gets to decide; the or she os the one who suffered and will be the one to either gain the reward or suffer further if the case goes to trial. Of course, professional opinions should be gathered and considered, but it is not the attorney who has been wronged or wounded, and he or she needs to respect their client’s wishes. As with any hard decision, careful reflection, patience, fact-gathering and temperance will ensure the best outcome in deciding if a personal injury case should go to trial.…