CHAPTER III
PERSONALITY

A life will be successful or not, according as the power of accommodation is equal or unequal to the strain of fusing and adjusting internal and external changes. -- SAMUEL BUTLER

The preceding chapter suggests that the proper study of criminology is the study of the man or the woman or child who becomes an offender in the eyes of the law. Not just a study of his manner of speech and his manner of behavior when he is disappointed or happy or the like -- but a comprehensive enquiry into his nature.

Such a study will include observation of the offender's overt forms of behavior and their physical and mental characteristics of whatever description, on the theory that we may find in them reliable indices to the fundamental nature of the offender -- something less tangible than stature and vocal quality -- to which we are accustomed to applying the term personality. And each succeeding chapter, especially in PART I, is an attempt to approach the personality of criminals and delinquents. Moreover the study rightly includes a description and analysis of the objects and situations in the midst of which the offender has grown up, on the hypothesis that the stimulation they have afforded may have contributed toward developing him into the form in which we find him.


LIMITATION

The term personality, in the sense in which it usually occurs, connotes subject matter for the novel, the popular essay, and the Rotary Club after-dinner speaker. It has, however, in rather recent years, entered into the composition of solid treatises on human behavior. It is one of those numerous terms that to the moment defy satisfactory definition. But this situation, when it applies to any subject that we wish to know about is not rightly a deterrent of investigation in respect to it. We are not always compelled to await definitions before we may begin research. Research ultimately discloses definitions, and it will attain this end with respect to personality provided

-37-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Criminology
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 468

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.