Criminal Thinking Errors

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Criminal Thinking Errors

1. Closed Channel Thinking
–Not Receptive
–Not Self Critical
–No Disclosure
a. Good at pointing out, giving feedback on faults of others
b. Lies by omission

2. Victimstance
a. Views self as victim (the criminal will even blame social conditions)
b. Blames others

3. Views Self As A Good Person
a. Focuses only on her positive attributes
b. Fails to acknowledge his destructive behavior.
c. Builds self up at other’s expense

4. Lack of Effort
a. Unwilling to do anything he finds boring or disagreeable
b. “I can’t” meaning “I won’t”

5. Lack of Interest in Responsible Performance
a. Responsible living=unexciting and unsatisfying
b. No sense of obligation
c. Will respond only if he nets an immediate payoff

6. Lack of Time Perspective
a. Does not use past as learning tool
b. Expects others to act immediately on his demands
c. Decisions on assumptions, not facts

7. Fear of Fear
a. Irrational fears (many) but refuses to admit them
b. Fundamental fear of injury or death
c. Profound fear of put down
d. When held accountable experiences “zero state” – feels worthless

8. Power Thrust
a. Compelled need to be in control of every situation
b. Uses manipulation and deceit
c. Refuses to be dependent unless he can take advantage of the situation

9. Uniqueness
a. Different and better than others
b. Expects of other that which he fails to meet
c. superoptimism – cuts fear of failure
d. quits at the first sign of failure

10. Ownership Attitude
a. Perceives all things, people, objects to possess
b. No concept of ownership, rights of others
c. Sex for power and control-not intimacy


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