Category Archives: Thinking Change

These posts focus on practical cognitive-behavioral ideas and approaches to changing thinking patterns. The target audience is people in recovery, people who have been incarcerated and the change agents in their lives.

Top Ten Criminal Thinking Errors

Criminal thinking errors are prevalent in our society and these made the top ten list thanks to the ground-breaking work of Stanton Samenow and Yochelson in their three volumes of work titled, “The Criminal Personality”. Although these errors are considered … Continue reading

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Sexual Thinking Undone

It is typical, when examining the early sexual life of the criminal, to discover fantasies of superior sexual development and prowess as compared to their peer group. This irrational thinking is founded in the criminal’s desire to be perceived as … Continue reading

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Concrete Thinking

Human mental processes typically evolve from the concrete to the conceptual, whereas the criminal is often described as failing to learn from experience. This individual does not generalize the outcome of one situation to similar circumstances, a problem which is … Continue reading

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Criminal Pride

False pride consists essentially in an extremely high and unchanging evaluation of oneself. The criminal thinker uses the word respect to describe the behavior they require from others to affirm and support their false pride. The criminal resents simplicity or … Continue reading

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Anger Unmanaged

Anger is a basic component of the criminal personality. Angry thinking and behavior is a fundamental element of the criminal’s thinking process; whether expressed outright or seen beneath the surface, the criminal is angry. Fear, especially the fear of being … Continue reading

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CT Group Tip: Facilitator Preparation

Criminal Thinking group facilitators who conduct ongoing and open-ended groups may become lax in their pre-group preparation process. Presenting material that we are very familiar with over time can lead to unconscious habits of behavior and biases that may work … Continue reading

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CT Group Tip: How vs. Why

As a general rule in criminal thinking group settings I stay away from asking “why” questions. “Why” questions usually lead to excuses and additional criminal thinking errors. Asking, “how” or “what” questions is a good rule of thumb. How is … Continue reading

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