Category Archives: Thinking Errors

Why Do Some People Hurt People?

Criminal thinking errors are pervasive in our society. Everyone has them to some degree, but the extreme criminal thinker relies on this way of thinking to justify their actions which support a criminal life style. This infographic creatively describes the … 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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Misguided Sentiments

A criminal will, from time to time, express themselves emotionally offering tears of sadness for a friend or joyful praise for a responsible accomplishment. This expression, however, is an inconsistent feature of their personality; it is often contradicted by victimizing … 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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