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SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: The Allure and Contagion of the Criminal Mind

In such works as Inside the Criminal Mind and The Myth of the Out of Character Crime criminologist Dr. Stanton E. Samenow conceptualized and gave credence to the specific traits and behaviors of the ‘criminal mind’. Such works not only show the thinking processes involved in law-breaking and antisocial behavior, but also (however unintentionally) instruct the more normally oriented of us of the self-entitlement one can and should be wary of – within our own character structure. Making use of the above, and as a point of departure, we look at how historical and current cultural landscapes have, and do still, feed the criminal mind. Through political indoctrination and ideology this sickness glorifies, popularizes and normalizes pathological thinking – and, like a virus, is emulated and adopted across all strata of society. Join us this week on MindMatters as we take a gander at the criminal minds at work all around us; from popular culture, Mao’s China, and the hallowed halls of…