One of my favorite types of television shows are crime series. Especially the crime shows that have to do with sexual assault and serial killing. That may seem a bit gruesome, but I have a good reason.
On these shows, such as Criminal Minds, Law and Order:SVU, and NCIS; the crimes that are taking place all have something in common. In Criminal Minds especially, these crimes are what really catches my interest because of the way the detectives go about finding their suspects. They use Psychoanalysis on their suspects, and usually every single time, find exactly what they are looking for.
Psychoanalysis is a particular theory that psychological problems originate from repressed impulses and conflicts in childhood. This being said, the aim of psychoanalysis is to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness. In these specific crime shows, the detectives in the Behavioral Science Unit in the FBI do not use psychoanalysis as a therapy, but as an advantage for them. By analyzing the way the suspects have gone about their crimes in the past, help them to find a pattern for their crimes and lead them to the suspect’s next crime spree.
When I watch these shows I almost feel like they are teaching me something. I know that these crimes are fictional, and the suspects are as well, but being able to put the methods of psychoanalysis to an actual instance is really helpful. Although the criticisms for psychoanalysis include; being very expensive and taking a lot of time, the detectives in the FBI really have an advantage over the suspects, because the suspects don’t have to be anywhere close to the detectives in order for them to analyze them.