The complementarity of crime and madness

Shlomo Giora Shoham*, Moshe Adad, Ra’anan Ben’tovim, Yoav Kaplan, Omer Kimchy, Assaf Naaman, Moran Shoham

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In this paper, we shall treat certain processes of crime, deviance and morbidity on the basis of Shoham’s personality theory. This theory is Kleinian, mainly expounded by Fairbairn and Winnicott, as well as philosophically existentialist. We hold Kleinian psychoanalysis to be existentialist, since apart from having the basically Freudian point of departure, it is based on dialogical philosophic premises, which see object relationships as the main tenet of human existence. Since both crime and madness relate to similar personality core aberrations, we have tried to draw the parameters that would raise the possibilities of deviance and mobility and plot a tentative model for the bifurcation towards ultimate crime or madness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-147
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • Deviance theory
  • Personality theory
  • Psychopathology
  • Shoham’s
  • Social pathology


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