Tell us about the last book you read (Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?). To go further, write a post based on its subject matter.
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I have a real, some what perhaps morbid interest in criminal psychology, in particular reading about serial killers, learning about the psychology behind their thinking, the why’s and what for’s. Sometimes no explanations can be found for why these people behave how they do and commit such heinous crimes as they do, but I am interested in reading about what certain psychologists believe are the reasoning’s and methods behind the madness.
The last book I read was indeed a book based on my interest of this. It is called ‘A History of British Serial Killing’ by Professor David Wilson. I chose this book because not only did it deal with this particular subject matter but also it is written by a man who is believed to be one of the best, if not the best criminal psychologist in the UK. I have read a lot of his books over the years, seen his documentaries on television and listened to him during interviews when discussing these matters. I also follow him on Twitter haha.
This book was fascinating and whilst it is primarily dealing with British serial killers, the thoughts about these can be applied to many serial killer cases throughout the history of the world. The book itself deals with not only the more famous cases of British serial killers, but also deals with the lesser known cases too. The details of the crimes themselves are dealt with, with respect and thought and do not go into too many gory details, instead this books focuses more on the actual victims of the crimes, names of people who often get forgotten about, and also the psychological aspect of these crimes, why they happened, what could have been the catalyst to begin these murderous episodes and what, in the authors mind, drove these people to continue with their crimes until they got caught. This books addresses the question of nature vs nurture, a question very often linked to these kind of crimes and not very easily answered, arguments can be given on both sides, which Professor David Wilson explores and helps the reader to understand some reasoning behind the crime.
I honestly cannot recommend this book enough to anybody who has an interest in this subject matter or an interest in wanting to learn more about the human psyche, particularly as this book has been written by an expert in this field. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and no doubt will be reading again in the near future as I was literally struggling to put it down.
Is being “normal” — whatever that means to you — a good thing, or a bad thing? Neither?
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I for one detest the word normal. There is no such thing as normal when it comes to people and personalities. What is normal to one person could be completely alien to another. Normal, is neither a good thing or a bad thing, it is whatever makes you feel happy living your life.
When you look up the word normal in the dictionary, it simply says….”Conforming to the standard or common type”. But, again, what is the standard or common type? Who determines what normal is? The media, politicians, educators, psychologists, our friends, our families. The list could go on and on with regards to who determines what is normal and what is not…..in their opinion anyway.
Normal should not be a word used in today’s society, now conforming, that is a word that could very easily be used in it’s place. Certain people in society do conform to what others deem to be normal. A large proportion of society, in the UK anyway are law abiding citizens, we conform to the normal of not breaking the law and being a good society.
Conversely, there are many people within society today who believe that to be normal you have to have a ‘straight’ sexuality and be thin with regards to body type. Thankfully there are many people out there who do not conform to this normal, myself included and I for one, would not want to live in a society where people did.
I say, be yourself, love yourself and never try to be what society deems as normal. Just simply be the person you were meant to be 🙂
Well what a strange thing to ask in the first place, if you answer it means that you have in point of fact written about the thing you would never write about….all of this is a bit too confusing for a Wednesday in my opinion. Daily prompts like this should be reserved for the weekend when you’ve had one too many drinks and then end up not only telling people what you would never write about, but also go into great detail about why you wouldn’t, therefore telling everyone everything in some kind of mad drunken rant.
Not sure now, if I sound drunk or simply confused….but I swear I have not touched a drop today, this is simply the nonsense in my head, spilling out onto the screen in typed form….maybe, possibly this is what I should never write about?
In all seriousness though, if I were to list a couple of things that I would never write about, then I guess they would be these….
1. Very personal things….or if I did, it would be so cleverly disguised that you would never know it was me I was speaking about.
2. Computer Games….I have no interest in playing them or even worse, watching somebody else play them, what a boring way to spend your time.
3. What I Did Last Summer….Don’t fancy being terrorised by some mad fisherman serial killer, thank you very much 😉
You see….now I have written down what I said I would never write about….oh never mind…I’m off to rest my tired little head before it explodes!!