This engaging book presents a contextual psychological interpretation of crime. It covers essential topics including psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and criminal lifestyle. The author's compelling analysis explains criminal behavior, by showing how the criminal lifestyle is capable of integrating two seemingly incompatible crime paradigms: the career criminal paradigm and the criminal career paradigm. Starting with a context for criminality, and then moving from particular conceptions of crime to more evidence-based theories, this volume challenges students to think in a different way about crime and criminal behavior.

Mental Illness and Malingering: The Criminal Lifestyle in an Application Context
Mental illness and malingering: The criminal lifestyle in an application context

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

Tomas is a 29-year-old Hispanic male serving a 124-month sentence for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. His most remarkable physical feature is that his arms and torso are covered in tattoos. Most of the tattoos have a story to tell, and several symbolize his mental health struggles. A prominent theme in many of the tattoos is the battle between good and evil. Tomas indicates that he was raised in a working-class home and that his mother was a strict disciplinarian. Being an only child, he ...

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