Yochelson and Samenow - criminal thinking patterns
- to indentify the criminal personality by looking at the roles of errors and biases in the thinking patterns of criminals
- 255 males - black and white, various backgrounds, convicted offenders serving time in the Washington DC area.
- half sample considered to have some form of insanity - incapable of being held responsible due to illness
- interviews of 14 year period
- freudian based sessions to find root cause of their criminal behaviour
- criminals expected to improve their behaviour by stopping the following: lying, abusing drugs and stealing hospital supplies
- 52 thinking errors found: closed thinking, sex, external attributions, habitual anger as a constant way of life, ownership attitude, general restlessness, usually dissatisfied and irritable, want to life a life of…