The Criminal Personality: The Drug User by Samuel Yochelson, Stanton Samenow PDF

By Samuel Yochelson, Stanton Samenow

Yochelson and Samenow characteristic crime to a sequence of early irresponsible offerings that predate drug use between drug-using criminals. character and private selection variables are conceptualized as serious in initialing and retaining use. In what's known as an indiscriminate look for pleasure, drug-using criminals are characterised as increasing their felony repertoire whereas excusing their activities via rationalizations occasionally invented via sociologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. even supposing those rules are of substantial curiosity, the genuine price of the textual content lies in its fascinating presentation of drug-user pondering. 'DContemporary Psychology A Jason Aroson publication

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Among drug abusers one fmds all kinds of personalities; " The addict and the person who does not use drugs manifest many of the same personality patterns (Nyswander 1956, p. 65; Lindesmith 1968, p. 164; Robbins et al. , 1969). Millman and Khuri (1973, p. " The issues of paramount significance to many are prediction and prevention. Glasscote et aI. (1972) said that present knowl­ edge is insufficient for effective prediction: Each . . characteristic is no doubt applicable to some people who abuse drugs.

The "narcissistic regressive phenomenon of the sym­ biotic state" is similar to the opiate-induced mental state. " When an individual finds an agent that chemically facilitates his pre­ existing preferential mode of conflict solution, it becomes his drug of choice. The drug induces a regressive state, but the drug taker supplies the regressive tendencies. The fIXations and regressions that occurred prior to drug-taking and the unconscious wish to regress to a specific de­ velopmental level are among the determinants of drug choice.

Has been secured after the development of the addiction and was not based on a knowledge of the individual's condition prior to his addiction. In other words, the pre-addict has not been studied, and the traits, ethical standards, and intellectual capacities based on post hoc findings may or may not have propter hoc significance. (p. 514) Brill and Lieberman (1969, p. 191) cautioned that anyone who thinks that ad­ dicts are psychologically disturbed will look for and find the traits that he wants to see .

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