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PSYCH OF VIOLENCE

Investigation by Pitchford (2001) support that models of and acts of violence need realise the possibility that a large proportion of such acts are committed by individuals whose psychology is very different to that of the general population. Not everyone may be a psychopath, but psychopathic tendencies or personalities could most likely be identified in those who are of participate or execute violence. Rule-breaking behaviour has been found common to people with psychopathic tendencies as a result of the damage in this neural circuitry of the brain (Society For Neurosceince, 2007). This is how Psychopaths come to be considered as “cold blooded” associated with them being “cold-hearted “, they are impaired within the empathetic and emotive nature and literally are. Hypoemotionality (reduced emotional response) , another trait associated with psychopaths, has been thought to predispose them to violence, because it prevents them from experiencing emotions that naturally inhibit the execution of violent impulses (Herpertz, Werth, Lukas ,Qunaibi, Schuerken & Kunert, 2001). This demonstrates that despite psychopaths being able to outwardly express characters which are charming, kind, friendly etc. which we associate with low levels of aggression and high levels of kindness, it does not necessarily come from emotion, and if it did, this emotion is supressed or inhibited in a way that makes them desensitized to violence. Psychopaths are known to being experts at impression management (Pitchford, 2001) OCT 2015

which is said to result from a cognitive impairments we looked at which interfere with decision making, judgement and morality, in combination with the low emotional and empathetic arousal that psychopaths experience. I would go further and say that their ability to manipulate emotional expression is a result of their muted or disturbed emotional circuit- for emotions don’t get in the way of their expression as much as they do with people in general. For example, when we are sad we might find it harder to hide it than a psychopath would. With the information we have gathered on cognitive impairment, psychopath appear as characters who reflect an inability to recognise their behaviour in terms of rewarding or punishing, have troubles with identifying fear in others, have impairment in moral decision making and can come across as normal whilst having the “sick mind” generally associated with them.

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