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Oakland Effect: Can a lack of empathy lead to violent behavior?

Oakland Effect: Can a lack of empathy lead to violent behavior? | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Several months ago, I was talking to an Oakland police officer on the telephone, discussing a particular homicide investigation, when the conversation turned broad.

 

...science is increasingly showing us that repeated exposure to violence -- whether it's gang-related, domestic abuse, psychological torture, maternal separation or substance abuse -- has the long-term effect of dulling and in some cases eliminating the trait of empathy. This is key. Empathy is paramount to socialization, understanding social cues, conversing and communicating with others. It is one of the things that makes us most human. Conversely, a lack of empathy, or a dulled and stunted sense of empathy, is a crippling handicap, as well as a pretty good marker of someone bearing the traits of a psychopath.

 

By Scott Johnson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland,_California


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NAMI Blog: The Colorado Tragedy: Mental Health System Concerns

NAMI Blog: The Colorado Tragedy: Mental Health System Concerns | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

This week, the Washington Post revealed that in years past his mother sought counseling for him—because of his social isolation. Court filings then revealed he was seeing a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado prior to the July 20 attack.

 

Public discussion initially focused on the wide availability of guns in our society. It has now shifted to the question of whether or not the mental health care system failed leading up to the tragedy. It is an issue addressed eloquently in USA Today by Pete Earley in a guest column, “Massacres No Excuse to Stigmatize the Mentally Ill.”

 

There are many causes of violence in society. As reported by the U.S. Surgeon General “the overall contribution of mental disorders to the total level of violence in society is exceptionally small.”

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Roots of Violence: What Does Kill People?

Roots of Violence: What Does Kill People? | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Almost immediately after the Newtown school shooting, before anyone had a chance to grieve the losses, the finger-pointing began. Finger-pointing is not simply one of America’s favorite pasti...
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