It’s one of the oldest debates in psychology: nature vs nurture. Does a person’s environment or their genes have more influence on their behavior? When it comes to serial killers, this debate takes on a whole new level of importance.
On the one hand, you have those who believe that serial killers are born, not made. Their genes and brain chemistry predestine them for a life of violence. On the other hand, you have those who believe that it’s a person’s upbringing and experiences that shape them into who they are.
Consider a serial murderer. Is he compelled to murder because it is in his genes? No matter what his parents did to raise him, he would have become a violent, serial killer. On the other hand, was his environment responsible for turning him into a deadly killer? Was it due to neglect on the part of his parents or was he physically abused as a youngster? Nature and nurture are two elements that are now recognized as playing roles in development.
So, what shapes a serial killer? A serial killer is defined as somebody who commits multiple murders, out of some kind of mental or sexual compulsion, in separate events that typically take place over more than a month and include a significant cooling-off period between killings. (Hickey, 2002) In order to be labeled as a serial killer, the murderer must have killed at least three people with a “cooling off” period in between. There are numerous types of serial killers; however they typically fit into one of two categories:organized or disorganized.
An organized serial killer generally has above average intelligence, is socially competent, plans his crimes well in advance and takes steps to avoid detection. A disorganized serial killer is generally of below average intelligence, is socially incompetent, commits his crimes on the spur of the moment and makes little or no attempt to avoid detection. (Hickey, 2002) Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.
When looking at childhood factors of serial killers two types of families have been identified: the first being a chaotic family where physical abuse and violence were common place; and the second being a rigidly controlledfamily where emotional abuse was more common. (Bartol & Bartol, 2008) It has also been found that almost all serial killers experienced some type of trauma during their childhoods such as: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, abandonment, or neglect. (Bartol & Bartol, 2008)
The term “nature” refers to all of our genetic and hereditary characteristics that shape who we are, from personality traits to physical appearance. The coding of genes in each cell determines the variety of features we have, such as eye color, hair color, ear size, height, and other features. However, it is uncertain whether criminal behavior has a genetic component.
Nurture is the environmental conditions and experiences that a person has during their lifetime. The way a person is raised can play an important role in the development of their personality and behavior. For example, if a child is neglected or abused, they may grow up to be violent or have mental disorders.
It is still unknown what causes someone to become a serial killer. Some people believe that it is due to nature, while others believe it is due to nurture. There are many different theories out there, but no one knows for sure what the cause is. There are some serial killers who were raised in loving homes with no history of abuse or neglect, while others were raised in abusive homes with a history of violence. There are also some serial killers who have a genetic disposition for violence or mental disorders.
Intelligence is a complex topic, and there are many different aspects to its nurture. There are chemicals in our brains that influence our intellect. Children who eat meals or objects that include lead have long-term brain damage and lose their intelligence. The concept of nature vs. nurture might be used to describe really clever individuals.
Some people are just naturally smart, while others have to study and work hard to achieve the same level of intelligence. There are countless different factors that contribute to a person’s intelligence, so it is impossible to say whether nature or nurture has the biggest influence. The nature vs. nurture debate is one of the oldest debates in psychology.
Nature refers to the hereditary factors that influence a person’s personality, while nurture refers to the environment that a person is raised in. This debate has been ongoing for centuries and there is no clear answer. Both nature and nurture play a role in shaping a person’s intelligence. Intelligence is complex and multi-dimensional, so it is impossible to say that one factor is more important than the other.
There are a variety of possible reasons why children are so gifted at learning and debating information, from their DNA to their parents’ intellect. They have extremely bright parents with a high IQ. Their genetic makeup has enabled them to be smart. You may also argue the opposite for individuals who are very stupid, “Nature.” While others might believe that it is how they were brought up. The elegant child’s parents provided him with all kinds of instruments for learning, or encouraged his education from an early age.
The criminal’s parents were neglectful, didn’t care about him, or even worse, were criminals themselves. So he never had a chance and “Nurture” is to blame.
The question of what causes someone to become a serial killer is a difficult one to answer. Is it nature or nurture? Are they born that way or does their environment make them that way? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer.
It is possible that both nature and nurture play a role in the development of a serial killer. For example, someone may be born with certain personality traits that make them more likely to kill, but if they are raised in a loving and supportive home, they may never act on those impulses. Conversely, someone who is raised in a chaotic and abusive home may be more likely to become a serial killer, even if they don’t have the personality traits that typically predispose someone to murder.
Ultimately, we may never know for sure what causes someone to become a serial killer. But understanding the role that both nature and nurture play can help us to prevent future murders from taking place.
The parents of the outsmart child kicked him out all times of the day, kept him from school, and called him a variety of names, “Nurture.” Nature and nurture do have an important impact on human development. The term “nurture” refers to how someone was raised as a child. Although they are both important in the environment, nurture is more essential. People are always drawn into debates about nature versus nurture.
Many people think that serial killers are born that way, it’s in their genes. The thing is, there has been no scientific evidence to support this claim. In fact, most serial killers have had a pretty horrific childhood. Many of them were abused, neglected, and had a really bad home life. So what makes a person a serial killer? Is it nature or nurture?
There are many different factors that go into making a person a serial killer. It’s not just one thing. It’s a combination of many things. But the two main factors are nature and nurture. Nature refers to a person’s genetics, or what they are born with. Nurture refers to a person’s childhood, or how someone was brought up. Although they both play a role in the environment, nurture is more important.
Serial killers are not born, they are made. It’s their environment that shapes them into who they are. If a child is raised in a loving and nurturing home, they are more likely to grow up to be a well-adjusted and functioning member of society. But if a child is raised in an abusive and neglected home, they are more likely to grow up to be a serial killer. So it’s really not nature or nurture, it’s both. It’s a combination of many different factors that make a person a serial killer.