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10 Most Common Traits of Potential Serial Killers - Listverse

10 Most Common Traits of Potential Serial Killers - Listverse | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
What makes serial killers tick? Why are they compelled to do what they do? And how can they be recognized? Here are several give-away traits.
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What makes a serial killer become the way they are. There's 10 possible characteristics that are possible.Alcohol abuse is a possible reason because children exposed to alcohol while in the womb can have serious birth defects. "70% of serial killers experienced problems related to substance abuse." It's been proven that few serial killers were addicted to alcohol or substance but "experienced it in their youth."

 

The number one characteristic listed is head injuries. As in head injuries from accidents, physical injuries during birth, etc. "70% of serial killers received extensive head injuries as a child or adolescent." Researchers have concluded that certain areas of the brain do not work properly within serial killers.

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What Makes Serial Killers Tick? - The Crime Library — Monsters or Victims? — Crime Library

What Makes Serial Killers Tick? - The Crime Library — Monsters or Victims? — Crime Library | History of Psychology | Scoop.it

Where does this urge come from, and why is so powerful? If we all experienced this urge, would we be able to resist? Is it genetic, hormonal, biological, or cultural conditioning? Do serial killers have any control over their desires?

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Many serial killers claim they do what they do because they were born with a part of them missing. Others claim pornography was the cause of such actions. Herbert blamed the voices that told him "it was time to sing the die song". One even claimed a motorcylce accident made him "hypersexual and eventual serial lust killer"

 

What does the FBI consider a serial killer though? "A minimum of three to four victims with a 'cooling period' in between". "The killer is usually a stranger to the victim." The killers motive is "not for profit" but more of a psychological gain.

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Freud's *The Interpretation of Dreams* Chapter 1, Section D

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We forget dreams because its a very slight feeling. There isn't as much emotion involved with them as we may think. We tend to remember the stronger dreams that are more in depth than weaker ones where not much happened.

 

The more interest taken in one's dream the more and more they will be able to remember said dream. If they tend to write down what happens after every dream the person will remember their dreams. This also causes them to dream more frequently.

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Advertising: History of Psychology Attracting Consumers - Business 2 Community

Advertising: History of Psychology Attracting Consumers - Business 2 Community | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
Advertising: History of Psychology Attracting Consumers http://t.co/NSqJx4sqtg vía @B2Community
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Psychology has impacted society today in the way we advertise certain products/businesses. The way it is presented to us helps us to remember that certain image and store it in our brain. This method will bring customers back to make the purchase.

 

Harlow Gale was one of the first psychologists to look deeper into what catches a customers eye with advertisement. He was interested in how the public eye reacted to said advertisements. He found out that there were many factors to how someones reacts to and ad.

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Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
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a doctor that endured the pain of the nazi concentration camps realized how much life means. "The salvation of man is through love and in love". He believed that those who chose to think positively with a stable mind, that they would survive the nazi concentration camps, than those who had a negative aspect on the situation.

 

Viktor focused mainly on the idea of the conscience. He realizes that animals have the ability to forge their own path while humans rely on society to get them through life. It's difficult to make your own decisions to determine your fate/future.

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What Creates Serial Killers and Psychopaths: Genetics or Environment?

It has been thought for a long time that people become violent because…
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There's still no concrete answer of what creates a serial killer/psycopath even after many years of research. They are "subject to constant research".  It's said that serial killers are mostly males, few females driven by an aggressive/sexual intention. "John Douglas explained in his book, The Mindhunter, that most serial killers are not psychotic"

 

The FBI were able to list 10 specific characteristics that define a serial killer. About 90% of serial killers are "white males who have normal IQ's in the normal or bright range". Although these people are smart individuals they still have trouble in school and keeping a job. Most come from a broken family where the father leaves and they're raised by a "controlling mother".

 

Putting together all the characteristics of a serial killer you start to see a monster emerging from the certain individual. "Severe depression" and feel like they don't have a future. Or in other cases it will seem like they are seeking great attention. They also withdraw from an social activity for long periods of time.

 

"psychopaths make a quarter of the prison population." It was found in an FBI study that almost half of the officers killed while on duty were by psychotic killers. It's possible that bad parenting could not be a cause of these behaviors. Although many other factors are involved

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The Making of a Serial Killer

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Possible social causes of psychopathology
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"I didn't know what made people want to be friends. I didn't know what made people attractive to one another. I didn't know what underlay social interactions." This quote is from serial killer Ted Bundy.

 

Psychopathy remains a mystery today. It's believed that social factors could play a small role in the development of psychopathy. Child abuse/neglect can cause anxiety disorders/post traumatic stress disorder which also play a role in development. Throughout history serial killers such as Charles Manson were abused as a child.

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The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary

You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries (@cthulhuchick @DaveTheGame @deadorcs This is a really good article that explains why they've always been creepy.
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Not as many people have a fear of clowns as we think. Instead they just have a strong dislike of them. But how long have clowns really been around? They go back as far 2500 BCE.

 

What makes clowns so dark and scary to most people? "...their comedy was often derived from their voracious appetites for food, sex, and drink, and their manic behavior". They are very mischievous.

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History of Intelligence Testing - IQ Testing History

History of Intelligence Testing - IQ Testing History | History of Psychology | Scoop.it
Interest in intelligence dates back thousands of years, but it wasn't until psychologist Alfred Binet was commissioned over 100 years ago to identify students who needed educational assistance that the first IQ test was born.
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French Psychologist Alfred Binet was faced with the task of determining which school children needed further assistance in academics based on their performed ability. He began testing the children with questions based on "attention, memory and problem-solving skills". He realized that the younger children were answering more of these questions correctly than the older children. He then developed the idea of a mental age.

 

The Binet-Simon Scale was officially born. This was the first ever type of test that measured a single persons intelligence. Although Binet himself warned that a single number cannot be associated with an individuals intelligence. He suggested that it changes over time and as the child grows and develops more.

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