This week my manuscript gets exposed to the world of crowd funding. Thanks to everyone who has helped get it to this stage and anyone who finds their way to this blog. From time to time I will add a story or comment about the project or background to it. Here is the first installment.
The project started several years ago in response to my increasing discontent with psycho / slasher / detective stories. The Last Truth is an antidote to this, rather, the first in a series of antidotes. As it is usually portrayed, violent offenders come to our attention at the end of a long process, when we can respond to the confusion they cause, fear they engender, or the risk we have to manage. The reality is more interesting.
People who are damaged in the way suggested in The Last Truth frequently look at the conventional world as the obstacle to their life. We are their problem. Just as we consider them to be dangerous 'objects', operating according to their rules and disturbing motives, they see conventional institutions like criminal justice systems, health and social service professionals and 'normal' society as dangers to be navigated. The education of those who work in social agencies is perceived as giving professional people an advantage; they exercise authority that seems arbitrary, make arrangements and determine rules at their own convenience, they are familiar with how systems work and are never culpable for harm.
As a result people, like the characters of The Last Truth, are constantly vigilant for opportunity to meet their own needs, suspicious of motives and distrusting of the intentions and judgment of others, even those closest to them. The Last Truth illustrates this.
In the next contribution I will talk a little about the challenges of engaging difficult people in therapy.
(Key words; personality disorder, violence, violent offenders, structural violence, forensic psychiatry, forensic psychology)
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