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The physiological adaptations that made humans more flexible than other primates allowed for the development of a wide range of abilities and an unparalleled versatility in behavior. The brain’s great size, complexity, and slow maturation, with neural connections being added through at least the first twelve years of life, meant that learned behavior could largely modify stereotyped, instinctive responses.

Definition of Human Behavior

It is a voluntary or involuntary attitude of a person in order to fit the society’s idea of right or wrong, partly determined by heredity
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Neuroticism or emotional instability acts like an amplifier of an already existing habit, good or bad. Neuroticism is most important in understanding some adult criminals, less important in understanding adolescents and even less young children.

3. Psychoticism

It is characterized by cold cruelty, social insensitivity, disregard for danger, troublesome behavior, dislike of others, and an attraction toward the unusual. Psychoticism dimension is hypothesized to be link with crimes of violence, and appears to be equally important across all stages of development, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.

Psychological Explanations of Human Behavior

1. The Mind and Its Relationship to Crime

Frequent comments are heard about the criminal mind, and the literature devoted to explaining it is extensive. Before the development of more scientific theories on human behavior and mental illness, one of the most popular explanations was demonology. Individuals were thought to be possessed by good or evil spirit, which caused good or evil behavior.

2. Psychiatric Approach

The field of medicine that specializes in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental problems is psychiatry. Psychoanalysis is a branch of psychiatry, which employs a particular personality theory and a specific treatment method, usually individual case study.
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