Aveneu Park, Starling, Australia

The brain may have the answer to deviant

The guardian of the 20-year-old
girl was involved in about 6 different robberies.

This essay deals with these two famous
personality theories. I explain these two concepts and apply them same using
the personality traits of the guardian. I believe that both theories can fairly
explain the behavior of the robber and can both explain why a person engages in
deviant behavior.

            He
was born in 1979 in Pennsylvania. As a child, he found pleasure in taking small
things from his parents or siblings, even friends. He stated, when he was young
he usually asked for something but when he didn’t get what he wanted he would
just take it. He even recalled that one time he stole money from his mom and when
she asked he denied it.

 His family was religious. At a young age, he
moved around to different neighborhoods. His parents got a divorce and he lived
with his dad. He felt abandoned by his mom and other siblings. He was very shy
until he started hanging around the wrong crowd. At school, he had friends that
got in trouble several times a day. His teachers noticed he had a different
personality compared to some of his other friends. When he went to college, his
ability in class was poor. He later dropped out and his dad convinced him to do
something with his life.

At the age of 19,
he was arrested for burglary. During his lifetime, he has burglarized and
robbed 6 houses/stores. Majority were houses in the neighborhood he lived at
the time. His motivation was finding specific types of houses that he knew
would have values and can find a way to successfully get away; he wanted the
right house. He looked to see if there were cars in the driveway, if lights
were on, if there was a dog, etc. In 2004, he was arrested and served 12 years
in prison.

The biological
trait theory from the point of view of the theorists, science may have the
answer for the mystery brought by human behavior, especially deviant behaviors.

They believe that human brain may have the answer to deviant human behavior. It is said that there are certain
areas in the brain that may provide clues for behavior like this and that
certain changes in the brain may cause a change in human behavior (McLeod, S.

(1970). Researchers are looking at a possible link between impulse
control disorders—including kleptomania—and certain chemicals in the brain
called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters help nerve cells in the brain send
messages to each other. An imbalance of these chemicals can affect how the
brain controls impulses. It is believed that major stress might trigger the
impulsive behavior (http://www.clevelandclinic.org).

            Applying
this theory, it seems that there was something in his brain that influenced him
to commit theft. To start with, his parents were normal people. His dad was a
mechanic and his mom was a decent mother. He came from a cherishing family.

There was no mistreatment or abuse towards him. His parents sent him to a good
school and surrounded him with a good environment. Next, when he was young, he
already showed signs of stealing when he couldn’t have the things he wanted.

            It couldn’t have been possible that he obtained this
conduct from his parents or his neighbors. Along these lines, his behavior must
be credited to the internal procedure of his mind which is showed by the way
that his criminal conduct indicated even when he was young. It was if this
behavior was intuitive on his part. There is nothing that could clarify this
behavior aside from that it was the chemical responses in his brain that set
off these activities.

Freud’s
psychoanalytic theory offered another explanation for deviant behavior. He connected
them to narcissists of what he called the stage of id (Rivkin, J., & Ryan,
M. (2004). A narcissist is an individual with no sense of empathy. They have no
sense of the world and no regard for the feelings of other people beside their
own.

            He’s a man who is concerned just with himself and has
unadulterated self-esteem. As per Freud, human identity is separated into three
phases: id, sense of self and superego. The goal is for human personality to
advance from the id to the superego (Gill, M. (1959). The issue is that a few
of us are not ready to advance to superego and stay in the phase of id. Several
deviants are never ready to advance from the immature and emotional
developmental phase of the id.

            This theory can apply to this man. He was unsociable when
he was still a child. He didn’t like participating in activities with other
people. At school, he didn’t talk to other kids much, which concerned his teachers
a bit. He had problems maintaining relationships with other people which is the
foundation of the next stage of personality theory- the ego. This personality
trait continued until he reached adulthood. He was poor in school and wasn’t
able to stay working.

            Despite the fact that we have a specific hate for
deviants in the back of our minds, there’s as yet this inclination that
influences us to need to learn more on a particular case as well as the
individual. Perhaps this is a direct result of our affection for violence and
danger. This however just talks about the present state of society. We aren’t
mindful that maybe it is the general public’s interest for these individuals
that makes a thousand of deviants.