The causes of a criminal Mind Nature versus Nurture In today's society, one will find that there are many different factors that go into the development of a criminal mind, and it is impossible to single out one particular cause of criminal behavior. Criminal behavior often stems from both biological and environmental factors. In many cases criminals share similar physical traits which the general population do not usually have. For example criminals have smaller brains than properly adjusted individuals. However biological reasons cannot solely be the cause of criminal behavior.
Therefore, one must look to other sources as to how a criminal mind is developed. Social and environmental factors also are at fault for developing a person to the point at which they are lead to committing a criminal act. Often, someone who has committed a violent crime shows evidence of a poorly developed childhood, or the unsuitable current conditions in which the subject lives. In addition if one studies victim ology which is the role that the victim plays in the crime, it is apparent that there are many different causes for criminal behavior. Through the examination of biological factors, in addition to the social and environmental factors which make up a criminal mind, one can conclude that a criminal often is born with traits common to those of criminals, it is the environment that exist around them that brings out the criminal within them to commit indecent acts of crime. It is a fact that criminals have a smaller brains than law abiding citizens.
Often, offenders share particular physical traits such as, being young males, muscular, having lower than average IQ, and a impulsive personality. Serial offenders are usually hyperactive and difficult children If a person has a low IQ, it is proven to be directly related to their tendency to be commit impulse actions that provide an immediate payoff. For instance, a rape or a mugging would provide a criminal with an immediate payoff. It is proven that crime often runs in families. In fact, chronic criminals are proven to be three times more likely to have criminal children. However, despite this information, scientists have no basis to come to any conclusions with this data.
Therefore, one must consider other possible factors that may create a criminal mind, to come to a reasonable decision as to how one is developed. It is proven that there is a connection between diet and crime. There is a strong correlation between poor nutrition and violent crime. Nutrition can often further aggravate a person's condition.
The L. A. probation department, which is the nation's largest correctional agency, banned all toxins such as chocolate bars, sugars, and refined foods. By doing that, it was proven that a dietary change to healthy food can lower anti-social behavior by about forty six percent.
Sugar consumption can cause a chain reaction in the body leading to anti-social behavior because the pancreas releases insulin which makes excess glucose. When John Hinckley tried to kill president Re gean he was living on a diet of fast food, coffee, and sugary soft drinks. This shows that our biochemical make-up can also contribute to a persons motivation to criminal behavior but the way our body reacts to certain environmental toxins is not a valid explanation for criminal behavior. In today's society there are many factors that are proven to provoke act of violence. Canada's current rate of violent crime is one fifth of that of the United States, which proves that criminal behavior is not solely caused do to hereditary factors. Television contributes greatly to the idea of violence being imprinted onto criminals minds.
In fact if you watch television for one hundred hours, you would witness at least twelve murders. As well Canada has a much stricter gun control law in comparison to the USA. If more guns are available than it can be certain that these guns will be used in the pursuit of crime. In many of the cases of violent criminals we see similar environmental components which exist in the subjects life which explain the reason for the maladjusted personalities. For instance a man named Marc Le Pine committed the unimaginable crime of a mass-murder of fourteen women and then he killed himself. But it is quite evident what could have motivated him for committing this act of insanity.
As a young boy Le Pine was brutally beaten by his father, and his father imprinted violence on his brain. His father considered women to be the slaves of men. Around the age of two, boys discover they are boys, and that their father is also a boy only a bigger version, therefore he is a role model. Marc Le Pine had a very bad role model and grew up with corrupted morals.
When we are born, our minds are kind of blank. The information that we receive in our first five years has a good chance of sustaining itself without being critically evaluated. Dr. Hitz ija Bajramovie As Le Pine got older his mother left her children with family and relatives and occasionally visited.
Loosing both his mother, and his father figure was like a double-catastrophe for Le Pine and he focused on this, which lead him to live a maladjusted life eventually killing himself and fourteen girls. A perfect example of how a person's crime prone biological factors are often brought out through that environment that they live in which leads them to commit a crime is shown through Clifford Boggess. While Boggess's mother was pregnant she often did drugs, and as Clifford grew up his personality was described as being a little crazy, and he did not act like normal people acted. He craved attention and had a very explosive temper, showing that Clifford had biological factors similar to that of a criminals. As Clifford grew up his mother did drugs had a alcohol problem, and frequently abused them.
He was then adopted, but his adopted mother abandoned him when she divorced. Clifford felt he had no real connection with his town, and because of these environmental factors in addition to his crime prone biology, he was lead to murdering people from his town. To further prove that a criminal is not only born, but also made through the society in which the criminal lives in one can look at the study of victim ology. This explores the role that the victim plays in cause of the crime and the notion that without suitable victims there would not be crimes.
There are habitual victims, just as there are habitual criminals. There is often a important interplay between the criminal and his or her victim. In fact ninety percent of criminals have some sort of relationship with their victims. Victim is usually chosen for certain traits which they posses.
This shows that there is a possibility that the victim may actually be partly to blame for the crime that was committed against them. Therefore it is often the environment that the criminal lives in, and the people that around them that influence them into committing a criminal act. In conclusion it is shown through examinations of a average criminals biological makeup is often antagonized by a unsuitable environment can lead a person to crime. Often a criminal posses biological traits that are fertile soil for criminal behavior. Some peoples bodies react irrationally to a abnormal diet, and some people are born with criminal traits.
But this alone does not explain their motivation for criminal behavior. It is the environment in which these people live in that release the potential form criminal behavior and make it a reality. There are many environmental factors that lead to a person committing a crime ranging from haw they were raised, what kind of role models they followed, to having a suitable victims almost asking to be victimized. The best way to solve criminal behavior is to find the source of the problem but this is a very complex issue and the cause of a act of crime cannot be put on one source.