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(CJ416) Week1 Assignment: Profiles of Violent Offenders

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(CJ416) Week1 Assignment: Profiles of Violent Offenders
With little prior knowledge supporting actual reasoning’s of violent behaviors and
tendencies, “the earliest bio-criminologists studied the shape of the head and the body, including
facial features and bumps on the skull” in an effort to both determine and attempt to
predetermine violent tendencies in humans. (Hickey, 2010, p. 53) With advancements in
technology as well as the study of criminology, we can cognize that psychology and biochemical
features of a person might very well support and/or deny an individual’s tendency to exhibit
violent behaviors.
As a result of studies and extensive research conducted by renowned criminologist and
psychologists’, we can perceive significant differences as they pertain to psychological and
biochemical theories of violent behavior. Psychologically, studies have availed the presence of
psychological issues arguably being more prevalent in violent predators than those of us whom
avoid violence; for example, though insanity pleas are attempted less than 1 percent of the time
in criminal cases, and even fewer actually succeed with the use of this defense, psychologists
have determined that “the most likely diagnosis of a mass murderers prior to killings were
schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and/or severe depression disorders.” (Hickey, 2010, p. 59)
Other psychological theories of violent behavioral tendencies encompass the
understanding of a higher likelihood being present that the killer(s) in question have suffered
from a history of mental illnesses; thus resulting in a decreased mental capacity that ultimately
explicates, or substantiates the presences of violent behaviors towards others. With the
understanding that the psychological makeup of a killer might entail the presence of mental
illness or illnesses, it is also noted, such individuals have likely experienced significant
childhood trauma without having ever been properly treated, or institutionalized.

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