Murderous Tendencies

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Preventing Murderous Tendencies in Children
Harvard clinical psychologist Martha Stout wrote in her book, The Sociopath Next Door, that “a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people – one in twenty-five – has an often undetected mental disorder… one in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath” (12). Stout, along with other psychologists, argues that the development of sociopathy is due half to genetics and half to non-genetic influences. We blame serial killers and murderers for being abused, incorrectly raised, depressive fiends, but we refuse to blame ourselves for allowing them to manifest their addictions and issues and grow into killers. The negligence of murderous tendencies and origins in children threatens society today by not being aware of sociopathic/psychopathic signs and approach such situations appropriately. Ultimately, what is at stake here is the safety of our communities and families.

Many people assume that serial killers and murderers cannot be helped. Popular myths created by the media claiming serial killers and murderers are “dysfunctional loners” that cannot stop killing have been branded into the public’s minds. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), however, found that a majority of serial killers and murderers often appear to be normal members of the community and could cease killing in many circumstances. One of the many similarities we share with these “dysfunctional loners” is the mechanism of addiction. It is not an isolated physical or social illness and is accepted as a combined bio-psycho-social illness. Addiction begins long before it starts, affecting attitude and promoting unorthodox routine. Addictions like exercise, gambling, work, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, etc. are psychotropic and involve mental state, genetics, and upbringing. Typically, individuals reinforce themselves through aggression, imagination, and fantasy. This is due to endorphins that reduce perceived pain when stimulated. Serial killers and murderers depend on fantasy and killing to cope, which is no different from a smoker or alcoholic using their substance(s) as a coping mechanism. Fun then turns to self-abuse and the most important relationship has become the individual and their addiction. Psychiatrist Albert Drukteinies observed that “power, dominance, submission and aggression are common features of courting and mating behavior in virtually all cultures” (qtd. In[->0]). Killers tend to fall deeper and deeper into this downward spiral than most addicts which then drives them to murder.

At first glance, young children and teenagers appear to be stereotypically aggressive and act impulsively. Children flail and wail believing they can be and do anything, and teenagers typically tune out and remove themselves from the “real world” to blog online and kill ruthlessly via video games in the dark. So where do we draw the line and what signs do we look for with murderous tendencies? There are five major characteristics to a growing sociopath: 1.Superficial charm – the tendency to be verbally facile, engaging, and not in the least shy 2.Need for thrill and or proneness to boredom – an excessive need for exciting stimulation, risky behavior, and low self-discipline in carrying tasks to completion 3.Pathological lying – deceitful, unscrupulous, and manipulative 4.Lack of remorse, guilt, and or empathy – a lack of feelings or concern and unempathic 5.Poor/early behavior problems (especially between the ages of 13-18) – inadequate control of temper, lying, theft, tough-mindedness, bullying, glue-sniffing, antagonism, acting hastily, and anti-social personality disorder (ASPD) which includes the inability to love (qtd. In[->1]). Another common warning sign would be the love of setting fires and or provoking the death of animals. In his study, sociologist Arnold Arluke compared criminal records of one hundred and fifty three animal abusers with...
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