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Psychopaths and Psychotics. Inside the Criminal Mind. Psychopaths and Psychotics. Psychopaths and Psychotics. Mental link to criminal behavior suggested by Sigmund Freud. Austrian psychiatrist who created psych-analysis in 1880s. First to identify psychopaths. Psychopaths and Psychotics.

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Psychopaths and Psychotics

Inside the Criminal Mind

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Psychopaths and Psychotics

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Psychopaths and Psychotics

  • Mental link to criminal behavior suggested by Sigmund Freud.

  • Austrian psychiatrist who created psych-analysis in 1880s.

  • First to identify psychopaths.

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Psychopaths and Psychotics

  • The human personality has three parts

    • Id

    • Ego

    • Super-ego

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The ID

The primary personality.

-Displayed in infants to about 4 years of age.

-The “I want” part of the personality.

-Instant gratification.

-Survival instinct or “fight or flight” instinct.

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The Ego

  • The part of the personality that begins to evolve at about 4 years of age until 12.

  • The realization that you aren’t alone. You have to wait sometimes for gratification.

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The Ego

  • Realization that punishment can happen for bad behavior.

  • Good behavior can be rewarded too.

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The Super-Ego

  • Starts evolving at about 13 and continues through life.

  • Developing morals and empathy.

  • Empathy is the highest form of morality to Freud.

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The parts of the personality

  • When all three parts of the personality are aligned – you have a “normal” human.

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The balance of id, ego, super-ego

  • SOMETIMES when the three parts get out of alignment, criminal behavior can happen.

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  • The ID dominates the personality.

  • IMPORTANT: Not all psychotics commit crime!

  • Murder, assault, theft can happen in psychotic episodes.

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What can be done to help psychotics?

Drugs that help chemical imbalances – such as lithium have been shown to help.

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Criminals who have committed acts while in psychotic episodes.

  • Charles Earl Simmants

  • Charles McElvie

  • Scot Baldwin

  • Thomas Jackson

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Neurotics as Criminals

  • IMPORTANT: Not all neurotics are criminals!

  • Behaviors of seeking control can lead to crimes like spousal abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, murder, etc.

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Neurotic or Psychopathic?

  • John Joubert did his crimes in Nebraska 1982 – 1983.

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  • Also called sociopaths.

  • The super-ego dominates the personality creating a different sense of morality.

  • The one type of personality Freud said was unchangeable. No punishment will ever make them stop.

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What do we know about psychopaths?

  • Imprinted at birth.

  • Mother didn’t want them.

  • Didn’t bond as babies or children.

  • Had a fascination with death and pain as children.

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Characteristics of Psychopaths

  • Extremely high intelligence.

  • Low emotional stimuli. No empathy.

  • Control is vitally important.

    • Emotional and physical.

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Characteristics of Psychopaths

  • Start with animal abuse.

  • Practice makes perfect for their crimes.

  • Feel justification for their acts.

  • Collection of trophies.

  • Leave calling cards for authorities.

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Characteristics of Psychopaths

  • TEND to be loners.

  • Crimes begin in their 20s – 30s.

  • Tend to be white.

  • Not all are serial killers.

  • Female psychopaths?

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