Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research and by Theresa A. Gannon, Tony Ward, Anthony R. Beech, Dawn Fisher

By Theresa A. Gannon, Tony Ward, Anthony R. Beech, Dawn Fisher

The booklet focuses particularly on competitive offenders and is split into components. half I offers with sexual abusers when half II is anxious with violent offenders. each one half discusses idea, newest examine and therapy comparable info. Emphasis is put on discussing cognition in context i.e. deciding upon the standards impacting upon and on the topic of offenders’ cognition.

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The way in which Abel and others explicate the idea of cognitive distortions bears strong similarity to aspects of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory (Freud, 1923/1989), although this connection has not been made elsewhere. Freud coined the term “defence mechanism” in his early writing, in reference to psychological techniques that individuals use to protect themselves from unpleasant thoughts and feelings (Cramer, 2000). Sometimes these mechanisms are referred to as “ego defences”, reflecting the idea that their purpose is to protect the ego from some perceived psychological threat.

COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS AND IMPLICIT THEORIES 13 • An adult who only feels a child’s body or genitals is not really being sexual with the child so no harm is done. • When a child asks an adult a question about sex it means that the child wants to see the adult’s genitals or have sex with them. • Relationships with children are enhanced by my having sex with them. (Abbreviated, from Abel, Becker & Cunningham-Rathner, 1984, pp. ) The way in which Abel and others explicate the idea of cognitive distortions bears strong similarity to aspects of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory (Freud, 1923/1989), although this connection has not been made elsewhere.

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