Psychological Aspects Of Criminal Behavior

1565 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
Amanda Sloper
CRJ225 - Gurney
November 21, 2015
Psychodynamic Theory

There are many different psychological aspects of crime that reveal patterns and trends unique to each criminal offender’s past. Intelligence, learning, and personality all play into the likelihood for someone to exhibit any kind of criminal behavior. In order to understand the root causes of criminal behavior and deviance of an offender, one must identify the particular parts of the human personality that play into the psychodynamics and psychosexual stages of development during childhood. From there mental disorders and other antisocial behavior may become apparent and imperative to the understanding of the origins of behavior. Psychodynamic theory explains the criminal behavior of an individual based on life experiences throughout the individual’s development during their childhood and adolescence.
Sigmund Freud is credited with the development of psychodynamic psychology, the belief that emotional trauma and experiences we have a children translate into our adult life and shape our relationships with others, and an important developer of the theory itself. Psychodynamic refers to the theories that “human personality is controlled by unconscious mental processes developed early in childhood” (Siegel, 2014, p. 150). Essentially, psychodynamic theory focuses on how the experiences that people have in early childhood and adolescence effect the overall development of the drive, motivation, and…
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