Rearing in Sociopathic Tendencies

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During the latter part of the 1900’s, several infamous sociopaths appeared in the news; one amongst them was Ted Bundy. Bundy was feared for his violent crimes towards women: he would rape them, horrifically murder them and then rape for weeks after they died. Upon Bundy’s execution, psychology experts began studying his behaviors and the causes of his sociopathic tendencies. Soon, experts noticed several parallels between Bundy, other sociopaths, and the families they grew up in. Beginning in the 1700’s, many philosophers had already started studying human behaviors. Two famous philosophers noted for the Blank State theory and the Ghost in the Machine theory were John Locke and Descartes, respectively. Although Locke stated that human behavior wasn’t on a basis of nature: it was defined by a human experiences, Descartes debated that humans were by nature savages as a result of civilization. Another debate started when people started questioning the nature of sociopathy; was it caused by nature, or a product of nurture? Although heritable traits somewhat contribute to sociopathy, sociopathic tendencies are largely caused by how a child is reared, or nurtured.

Sociopathy is defined as the tendencies of a person who is a sociopath. Sociopaths are infamous for their “inordinate” amounts of crime. They cannot fathom cold, often have an absence of empathy, and usually respond differently as a result of a lack of “love, shame, guilt, empathy, and remorse” (Mealey 134). Sociopaths are irresponsible, impulsive, and egocentric. Although sociopaths make up only a relatively small portion of the whole population, there is a correlation between criminal behavior and sociopathic tendencies. A recent study concluded that although ...

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...reventing such tendencies. Although parents cannot avoid the heritable traits that possibly may influence one’s socialization, if parents can raise their children and teach children morals, then the chances of sociopathic tendencies can be greatly reduced.

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