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Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis by David H. Cropley

By David H. Cropley

Creativity is sometimes seemed to be a good, optimistic characteristic and but, powerful, novel crimes are dedicated which illustrate that creativity is also utilised to serve a darker and extra damaging finish. yet how can those 'creative criminals' be stopped? Adopting a mental process, well known topic specialists Cropley and Cropley draw upon options resembling 'Person,' 'Process', 'Press' and 'Product' to provide an explanation for how current mental theories of creativity might be utilized to a extra refined subset of ingenuity; that's to claim legal behaviour and its effects. Creativity and Crime doesn't examine legal regarding impulsive, reflexive or in basic terms deviant behaviour, yet relatively the radical and imaginitive measures hired by way of criminals to extra successfully in attaining their lawbreaking objectives. The ebook transcends the hyperlink among crime and creativity, and proposes a number preventative measures for legislations enforcers. students and graduates alike will locate this a useful and illuminating learn.

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Psychological approaches 43 Special features of the psychological approach There is a substantial difference between the approaches of geography, sociology, and anthropology sketched out above and the fundamental orientation of psychology. These differences can be regarded as forming a continuum based on the degree of emphasis given to the ‘existential psychodynamics of the actor’. Geography, sociology, and anthropology are nearer the end of the continuum giving low priority to the psychodynamics of the perpetrator; psychology lies towards the other pole, which gives the psychodynamics a high priority.

This area is predominantly clinical in orientation. (c) Identifying psychological criminogenic risk factors in order to understand why people become criminals in the first place, with the hope of preventing that happening, a more criminological approach. The three domains are interconnected. For instance, in an overview, Andrews et al. (2006, p. 11) made the link between criminogenic factors and treatment quite explicit by working out the eight main risk factors and mapping appropriate clinical approaches onto them.

Examples include people like Galileo, Gandhi, or resisters against Nazism or Communism, who stood up for what they believed to be right and true – and are now accepted as having been right to do so – even though it meant breaking prevailing law in their society and 26 Creativity and crime: basic principles often led to imprisonment or even execution. Gandhi’s tactic of civil disobedience and passive resistance, for example, involved generation of considerable novelty, which proved to be not only effective but also elegant (it achieved its goals without destruction or widespread chaos and was somehow appealing) and generic (it was capable of being applied in other settings with equal effectiveness, even after it lost its novelty).

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