What causes a person to be violent and abusive? Learnt behaviour and environmental chaos? Genetic links to family history of mental illness? Neurological transmitters, re-wiring the brain? Could the vaccinations be the cause? There are many theories revolving around why people become abusive and violent, and the main cause whether there is a genetic, biological cause or not, is exacerbated by childhood trauma!
The family and the environment, both internally and outside the home both play a vital role in the development of either psychopathy or sociopath, and both are developed, from childhood!
Narcissism develops between the ages of six years to six months, and one of the key dysfunctions in narcissism, is lack of empathy! Not everybody who develops narcissism, will become a cold blooded killer, but there are risk factors, that can impact on the developing child to develop a full blown personality disorder and become sociopathic, or psychopathic!
A psychopath is born this way, whereas and sociopath is made. Sociopathy has its roots in childhood, where the condition develops into a full blown sociopath, due to early trauma, neglect and little to no empathy.
The child with Oppositional defiance disorder ODD, will develop into sociopathy, if abuse, violence and trauma was part of their home conditioning, whereas a child with conduct disorder, with trauma, abuse and violence, will inevitably grow up into becoming a cold-blooded psychopath!
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a childhood disorder that is defined by a pattern of hostile, disobedient, and defiant behaviours directed at adults or other authority figures which is characterized; displaying angry and irritable moods, as well as argumentative and vindictive behaviours.
While all children will display some type of defiant behaviour throughout their growing years, children with ODD will display such behaviours much more commonly than any other type of behaviour. For these kids, it can seem like nothing can be done to make them happy. These children will not only do things to intentionally cause conflict or to deliberately annoy people around them, but they will place the blame on others for their behaviours.
Genetic: It’s common for children who are diagnosed with ODD to have family members who also suffer from various mental illnesses. These include but are not limited to; mood disorders, personality disorders, and anxiety disorders. Suggesting a genetic component that leads a person to be more susceptible to developing ODD, as opposed to a person who has not been exposed to the same type of genetics.
Physical: ODD has been linked to the existence of abnormal amounts of certain brain chemicals. These brain chemicals; known as neurotransmitters, work towards helping to keep the brain chemicals themselves balanced properly. When an imbalance exists, and messages are suddenly unable to communicate properly with other aspects of the brain, symptoms of ODD may occur.
Environmental: The environment in which a person is raised can have a significant effect on whether or not he or she may fall in to the symptoms of ODD. If a child is surrounded by a somewhat chaotic home life (where violence, arguments, and other forms of dysfunction) the child would begin acting out, to express themselves, as a result. Similarly, if children are exposed to violence or have friends who behave in destructive, reckless manners, those children too are more likely to begin displaying behavioural symptoms that correlate with the onset of ODD.
•Dysfunctional home life
•Exposure to violence
•History of mental illness within the family
•Exposure to substance abuse
•Inconsistent parenting (inconsistent discipline, inconsistent interaction, etc.)
•Abuse / neglect
ODD and Co-Occurring Disorders
ODD tends to coincide with the existence of other disorders. Most commonly, children suffering from ODD also tend to suffer from, or experience symptoms of:
•Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Other disorders that may overlap with the presence of oppositional defiance disorder can include:
•Intermittent explosive disorder
•Intellectual developmental disorder
What Are the Symptoms of Conduct Disorder?
Symptoms of conduct disorder vary depending on the age of the child and whether the disorder is mild, moderate, or severe. As in all cases of disability, symptoms of conduct disorder fall into four general categories:
• Aggressive behaviour: These are behaviours that threaten or cause physical harm and may include fighting, bullying, being cruel to others or animals, using weapons, and forcing another into sexual activity.
• Destructive behaviour: This involves intentional destruction of property such as arson (deliberate fire-setting) and vandalism (harming another person’s property).
• Deceitful behaviour: This may include repeated lying, shoplifting, or breaking into homes or cars in order to steal.
• Violation of rules: This involves going against accepted rules of society or engaging in behaviour that is not appropriate for the person’s age. These behaviours may include running away, skipping school, playing pranks, or being sexually active at a very young age.
Many children with conduct disorder are irritable, have low self-esteem, and tend to throw frequent temper tantrums. Some abuse drugs and alcohol. Children with conduct disorder often are unable to appreciate how their behaviour can hurt others and generally have no guilt or remorse about hurting others.
Violence is not limited to physical trauma, it is not only killing and murder, its also when we use a sharp word, make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because of fear. Violence is far subtler and much deeper than a bruise or broken limb!! The effects of early childhood conditioning and the added complexity of trauma, creates the fertile breeding ground for developing a sociopath or psychopath. The life of a man is determined by everything he learns at the knee, from his mother and father. He grows up, mimicking and imitating the same effects, that created a repressed traumatic wound in the beginning. Simply put, it is the PTSD that creates a wall within the psyche, to protect the fragile ‘I’, or ego, the traumatic event, becomes the catalyst for the birth of the sociopath or psychopath!!
Terrorists, abusers and violent offenders are not born evil or bad, they’re made this way through society, family dysfunction, conditioned through family traditions and ABUSE.