Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 07 Jun 1999 17:31:46 -0400

Harvey Newstrom wrote:

> > I read news reports that "Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold passed an anger
> > management course with glowing comments from their teachers".
> This is true. It is extremely trivial and commonplace for criminals to
> exhibit the proper "reformed" behavior when required. Harris and Klebold
> were required to go through anger management courses as part of their
> probation on previous offenses. They passed with flying colors. They may
> have even been sincerely good at manging their anger, in class. Most people
> fail to grasp the concept that criminals are not stupid or aggressive all
> the time. Most are productive, normal members of society, with lots of
> additional problems. Most people would not conceive that reform can be
> faked, because they underestimate the cunning of the average criminal.
> Underestimating the enemy/subgroup/whatever is the number one reason that
> social programs or social theories fail. They fail to truly predict or
> understand the people about which the theories are made. Instead, theories
> are based on someone's own ideals of what reality is or should be, but have
> little real basis in reality.

I read a study once about abusive spouses that found that the blood pressure of a specific personality type of abusers actually DROPS when the abuser is abusing the victim. Anyone know the reference on this?

Mike Lorrey