Biopsychosocial Case Study of Jeffrey Dahmer

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Biopsychosocial Case Study Of Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men between the years of 1978 to 1991 in which he participated in necrophilia, dismemberment and cannibalism (Meyer, 2006). As a child, Dahmer was shy and suffered from low self-esteem. At a young age, Dahmer displayed abnormal behavior starting with the collecting of dead animals and using acid to strip off the meat having necrophilia desires. This escalated in his teen years turning into fantasies of killing and mutilating men. After graduating from high school, he was living alone and the feelings of abandonment returned giving him justification in his mind to commit crimes. Throughout his teens years he abused alcohol, which also lead to abnormal behavior. By the
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From an early age, Dahmer had feelings of abandonment. People who engage in necrophilia behavior is believe to suffer from low self-esteem. The fear of rejection is a factor believed to attribute to developing this disorder (Necrophilia, n.d.). As with Dahmer, as long as his victims were dead, there was no risk of rejection.
Cognitively, in the same sense of cognitive-behavioral explanations of phobias, paraphilias are conceptualized as a physical reaction in response to inappropriate stimuli referred to as automatic accidental learning (Hansell & Damour, 2005). Cognitively, Classical and operant conditioning involving behavioral intentions attempt to replace learned maladaptive patterns of deviant sexual arousal with appropriate patterns (Hansell & Damour, 2005). ). Dahmer’s fascination with dead humans started at an early age with dead animals and the sounds of the bones scraping across the concrete. Looking back on this type of childhood behavior, Dahmer’s father believes this may have been the beginning (Bardsley, 2008).
Behaviorally, Dahmer showed symptoms that could be associated with impulse disorder from his behavior and desire to harm by drugging, murdering, performing sexual acts and dismembering his victims. Dominating his victims satisfied his feelings of being in control.
He viewed them as objects and became sexually motivated and aroused by dominating them and performing acts of

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