Do you think that people that are murderers, child/spouse abusers, animal abusers, etc are born mean or just something must have happened in thier upbringing to make them that way?
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2/12/07 at 9:23am
There was a study in the Netherlands and a follow up one in New Zealand where they found that a gene which is manipulated by a Monamine-oxidase-A promotor. A combination of abuse and a certain version of this gene resulted in a violent individual. Abuse alone or the promotor alone didn't cause the violence.
I think it is a combination of genetics and environment. Sometimes the genetics is more of a factor (people unable to feel empathy) and in other cases the environment (not learning how to contain anger, how to treat other people)....
I think genetics do play a factor but i also believe environment and what a child is tought as well as how they are disciplined also plays a huge factor in things of that nature.
I think most people are mean/sick because of both reasons.
Isn't natural for say, cats, to fight for the dominancy? I think humans do it as well. We just call it bullying or demeaning or some other word that doesn't make us sound like animals.
People that are sick or mean really are just trying to assert themselves. Someone that murders another person does so to assert that he is more powerful than that person.
Same idea with any sicko rapists to bullies.
We can discipline yes, but once that discipline is taken away then its the persons choice of whether or not they want to continue society's right or go back to society's wrong.