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Childhood Abuse In Childhood

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In the early 1800s, doctors who worked with mental patients began to notice that some of their patients who appeared seemingly normal had what they termed a “moral depravity” or “moral insanity,” in that they seemed to possess no sense of ethics or of the rights of other people . The term “psychopath” was first applied to these people around 1900. The term was changed to “sociopath” in the 1930s to indicate the damage they do to society . Currently researchers have returned to using the term “psychopath.” Some of them use that term to refer to a more serious disorder, linked to genetic traits, producing more dangerous individuals, while continuing to use “sociopath” to refer to less dangerous people who are seen more as products of their environment, including their upbringing. Other researchers make a judgement between “primary psychopaths,” who are thought to be genetically caused, and “secondary psychopaths,” seen as more a product of their environments . Nature versus nurture Unsurprisingly, one of the first places society looks to justify murderous behaviour is upbringing. The majority of people struggle to appreciate the fact that perhaps some people are simply born evil. While the topic of nature versus nurture is widely questioned, there are a few theories regarding childhood that hold strong. One of these is the role that abuse experienced during childhood can play in forming a murderer. However, it’s important to consider going forward that unfortunately many
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