Author Archives: drjezphillips

Guest Blog from Insp Michael Brown: Policing, Mental Health and the Academic Gap

I am hugely grateful to Inspector Michael Brown of the West Midlands Police (known as @MentalHealthCop on Twitter) for taking the time to write this excellent piece as a guest blog. I became aware of Michael’s work via Twitter and … Continue reading

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I wanted to post this up as a ‘re-blog’ because I think this makes some interesting points about this complex and controversial issue. Written by lincpsychuk this post examines the prevalence rates of offending among persons with Mental Illness from … Continue reading

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The Offender Profiling Series. 1 – What is Offender profiling?

Offender profiling is a subject of great controversy. It has been widely portrayed in film and TV and yet the realities of this process, and of its usefulness, are so often misunderstood. Profiling is not, as many would have you … Continue reading

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Tweeting Police and Fear of Crime: How will the research work?

 Firstly my sincere thanks again to everyone for helping out with this project. I have had some brilliant support from many members of the police and public who have helped spread the word about it and got people following and ready to … Continue reading

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The Relationship between Mental Health and Crime: Links and Resources.

The relationship between mental health and crime, as with that between the brain and crime, is one that is both complex and controversial. The media has, unfortunately, often represented this link in a negative way, leading to the perception that … Continue reading

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Twitter Addiction: Fact or Fiction?

Any quick internet search will bring up a variety of studies suggesting that using Twitter, and other social media, can become addictive. Indeed, one study earlier this year argued it is more difficult to resist than tobacco or alcohol. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9054243/Facebook-and-Twitter-more-addictive-than-tobacco-and-alcohol.html) So can … Continue reading

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The Brain and Crime: What is the relationship here?

The relationship between brain function and criminal activity is an area of huge controversy and debate from scientific, legal and philosophical perspectives. Essentially the key issues here are these: does brain dysfunction lead to criminal behaviour and, if so, what … Continue reading

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The psychopath: Facts and research resources

Of the many disorders represented in film, books and other media the psychopath, and the condition of psychopathy, is perhaps one of the most misunderstood. Psychopathy is an extremely complex, and often controversial, issue. Debates rage in terms of its’ … Continue reading

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I Tweet therefore I am? Twitter, Self and Identity

Understanding ourselves has always been fundamental to human nature. Indeed, many fields of psychology focus on understanding how we form the sense of ‘I’ or ‘Me’, something that is essentially encapsulated in two concepts: self and identity. The notion of … Continue reading

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Tweeting Police and Fear of Crime: Further update and questions answered.

Many thanks to everyone, both police and public, who have helped in publicising this research – it is all much appreciated. Your assistance has meant that the word is slowly getting out about this, and support for the project is … Continue reading

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