Concept of the Month -- February 2004

The Criminal's Lack of a Concept of Interdependence

Because the criminal looks at life in a highly self-centered manner, he rarely thinks of the greater good. Put nine criminals on a baseball team, and each will consider himself the captain. If he is challenged, he may quit or stick around and make life miserable for others. The lack of teamwork can be seen even in childhood where things must go his way. The criminal is determined to prevail in any situation whether by cunning, intimidation, or brute force. Interdependence is anathema to his entire way of life. He may appear to relate well to others in order to achieve a particular objective that he has at the time. But he is not a reliable individual upon whom others may depend.

Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D.

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