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psychopaths and psychotics

Psychopaths and Psychotics

Inside the Criminal Mind

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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
the id
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.

the ego
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.
the super ego
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.
the parts of the personality
The parts of the personality
  • When all three parts of the personality are aligned – you have a “normal” human.
the balance of id ego super ego
The balance of id, ego, super-ego
  • SOMETIMES when the three parts get out of alignment, criminal behavior can happen.
  • The ID dominates the personality.
  • IMPORTANT: Not all psychotics commit crime!
  • Murder, assault, theft can happen in psychotic episodes.
what can be done to help psychotics
What can be done to help psychotics?

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

criminals who have committed acts while in psychotic episodes
Criminals who have committed acts while in psychotic episodes.
  • Charles Earl Simmants
  • Charles McElvie
  • Scot Baldwin
  • Thomas Jackson
neurotics as criminals
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.
neurotic or psychopathic
Neurotic or Psychopathic?
  • John Joubert did his crimes in Nebraska 1982 – 1983.
  • 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.
what do we know about psychopaths
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.
characteristics of psychopaths
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?