A Re-examination

  • David L. Shapiro
  • Charles Golden
  • Sara Ferguson
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)


As we noted earlier, in the 1920s, we were really in an era when psychiatry was in its infancy, was just coming out of the consulting room, and stepping into the courtroom. There really was only one approach to the treatment of mental disorders—psychoanalysis (treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, systematic desensitization, did not make their appearance until the 1960s or later). While the ideas about unconscious motives directing human behavior were intriguing to many, the idea that someone could commit a crime, especially a violent one, was difficult for people to accept. Consider State’s Attorney Crowe’s closing argument in which he stressed the months of planning and premeditation that went into the crime; anything that was that involved clearly did not have the mark of mental illness.


Delusional Disorder Delusional Individuals Delusional Thinking Delusional Beliefs Delusional Patients 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Shapiro
    • 1
  • Charles Golden
    • 2
  • Sara Ferguson
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Psychology, Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological StudiesFort LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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