Quote from nursedudeforchrist
I'm still a little "wet behind the ears" so forgive me for asking a silly question. I have been reading threads here in this section, and I was wondering how the inmates tend to be so manipulating; that is said here a lot. What do they do? And why do you think they tend to do this? I find this interesting. I'm considering doing correctional nursing one day.
Based on your username, I'm going to say its like having a personal relationship with Christ- if you don't have it, its kinda hard to understand.
Intellectually, here are a few good reads: http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Crimina...9636658&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Out-Chara...9636658&sr=1-2
Samenow is a rather "unpopular" criminal psychologist because he holds to the concept of personal responsibility- criminals are criminals because they choose
to be, not because society. "defines them by criminalizing their behaviors." http://www.amazon.com/Rage-Random-Ac...9636812&sr=1-1
Korem has a good take on dealing with those having limited impulse control, minimal social support and variant decision-making processes. http://www.amazon.com/Predictably-Ir...9636888&sr=1-1
Cons are gratification-motivated, so the psychology of economics gives significant insight into their thinking. Ariely is a fun, easy to read author.
There is substantial truth in the statement, "if their lips are moving, they're lying to you.." If you begin to understand why
they are lying/manipulating, you'll be safer, and you may be able to nurture some self-reflection in your population. Not that I would hold my breath, but a person who stands for something, and has insight will be respected, even if they don't necessarily "like" you.
Edit: Geez, from '08?!? Archive tools are nice...