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Criminal Minds Analysis: Psychology Perspective

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Emma O'Neil

on 13 April 2015

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Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) at Quantico, Virginia. Profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.
How is Criminal Minds related to the field of psychology?
Scientific study of the human mind and its functions
Mental processes of a sane vs. an insane person
Historical stories
Genetics and environment
Stories of criminals
Behavioural psychology and crime scene analysis
Review of Kohlberg's Theory
Pre-Conventional Level: children avoid punishment and maximize rewards. they learn quickly certain behaviors are punished and others are rewarded

Conventional Level: children learn to behave according to a sense of what others need or want

Post Conventional Level: individuals mature morally and have progresses beyond just following rules
Kohlberg Episode Synopsis
Freud Episode Synopsis
Reid's dream
Abducted child named Riley Jenkins
"Imaginary friend”
Dreams become more frequent
Reid’s dreams are actually memories
Inspection of suppressed memories
Conclusion that his father might have killed Riley Jenkins
Criminal Minds Analysis: Psychological Perspective
How does Criminal Minds affect society's view of violence?
"The Instincts"
"The Pact"
How does Criminal Minds affect society's view on mental illness?
"With Friends Like These"
Emma O'Neil and Milica Oliveric
How does this episode relate to Freud's theory?
Dreams lowered the ego’s defences (repressed memories)
Parts of the mind (id, ego, and superego)
Ego and superego guide an individual’s behaviour during the day
Id is the active part of the mind at night
Dreams are a product of the id’s expression of internal conflict
Reid placed the blame on his father because to him, his father was a criminal for leaving and subconsciously he wanted his father punished
How does this episode relate to Kohlberg's theory?
Serial killer team dragging their victims to their deaths via car
First victim: woman with children
Second victim: young male with past drug problem
Second victim charged with killing and raping an eight-year-old girl
First victim convicted of manslaughter after driving drunk and killing a two-year-old boy
Two families of the young girl and two year old boy were in the same on-line support group
Take justice into their own hands
Three stages
BAU represent conventional morality
Team obeys rules in order to uphold the law and to avoid guilt
Killers represent (delusional) post-conventional morality
Contrast between the conventional stage and post conventional stage of Kohlberg’s theory
News headlines having less and less impact with each report.
“Disaster fatigue”
More safety conscious in their daily lives
Confronts the reality of violent crime

Fear and ignorance
Mentally ill people are violent
Mentally ill people are beyond help
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