The Craftiness of Criminality by Randy Gonzalez2Being crafty, clever and cunning, some criminals, like the rest of population, are better skilled thanothers. Sly and devious, perpetrators of criminal behavior are people who’ve made choice to break the law.They’re self-centeredness is a primary characteristic of their overall personality. From psychology topsychopathology, the continuum is one of connectivity to the inner urges of self-indulgent proclivities.Trespassing across the boundaries of another is a breach by which perpetrator find alluring, tempting andseductive. To them, other people are a means to an end. It’s a matter of getting what they want, when theywant it and where ever they can get it. Their intended victim is an objective. They’ll stalk, hunt and prey onsomeone or some thing they perceive belongs to them. Criminals go after targets of opportunity, given theselected environmental conditions, and abilities for personal gain. The challenge, temptation andenticement relate to individual motives, inclinations and desires. Aware of the risks, they take the stepsnecessary to achieve their goals. Objectives depend on the skill-set of the mindset.
Like the rest of us, criminals apply their talents, abilities and capacities to the crime that fits their needs.From political corruption, to corporate embezzlement, to armed robbery and murder, we all have potentialsfor committing a range of anti-social behaviors. While some commit infractions, others commit murder.Yet, the inherent motivations are the same. It’s all about personal gain, such as love or money, and thevariations of these two basic themes. On occasion, it could be power, dominance and control that turn oneon. Gives excitement to the senses and provokes the acquisition of the objective in question. Or, the love of self or obsessive possession of another person. Just depends on individual ideation, fantasy and motivation.Within this secret realm of the fantasy, there is the sowing of expectation to extend into the real world.Ideation loves the fruition of the subconscious into the reality of the conscious. From inside these darkenedreaches comes the intention of carrying out a criminal act.Criminals see themselves as clever, creative and competent within the sphere of their criminality. But,then again, don’t we all dream of getting away with some unconventional activity? Display our arrogancein a number of ways, means and motions? Or, coming into possession of something for nothing? Whilesome of us divert ourselves into acceptable diversions, those who don’t prefer the deviance of crime. Wechose what we do and know why we do it. People don’t suddenly one day up and “snap”, “go off the deepend”, or “fly off the handle”. The feelings inside have been building, plotting and scheming over a periodof time. Premeditation is a uniquely human activity. By reason and rationality, we pursue our goals for apurpose. Likewise, so does the person who chooses to accept a bribe, carry out treason or report fraudulentnews stories. Similar to other endeavors, criminality spans the spectrum of crimes of choice. While somemay have a preferred method of operation, they are capable of changing, adapting and altering the nature of their criminality. As such, the mysteries of the mental processes are more complex than we can predict. Theproblem of predictability is compounded by the fact that we all share a heritage. The criminal inclination ispart of human nature. To know what a criminal looks like, all one has to do is look in the mirror.
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