Psychological Trauma And Behavior Of The Cold Blood By Truman Capote

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Psychological Trauma and Behavior
“In 1990, a landmark case went to trial in Redwood City, California. The defendant, George Franklin, Sr., 51 years old, stood trial for a murder that had occurred more than 20 years earlier. The victim, 8-year-old (Susan Kay Nason, was murdered on September 22, 1969). Franklin 's daughter, Eileen, only 8 years old herself at the time of the murder, provided the major evidence against her father. What was unusual about the case is that Eileen 's memory of witnessing the murder had been repressed for more than 20 years (The Reality).” After psychological trauma, repressed memories can occur. Psychological trauma is the individual experience in which an event occurs that causes an individual to be
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Also stemming from trauma is Depression. Many symptoms related with this illness cause behavioral changes. Changes with appetite and sleep can be prominent. Other symptoms include angry outbursts, trouble concentrating, and lack of interest. Angry outbursts for example can majorly affect someone’s behavior through inciting irritability over even the smallest matters (Depression). Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms include repeated efforts to avoid family and friend abandonment, relationships that quickly and repeatedly move from one extreme to the other, impulsive and dangerous behaviors, and extreme unmanageable anger. BPD usually results from trauma such as physical or sexual abuse and neglect. Overall, psychological trauma can result in mental illnesses that affect behavior.
Similar to mental illnesses, psychopathic tendencies can be another result of psychological trauma. There are criteria such as the inability to feel guilt, lack of empathy, antisocial behavior, and being unable to learn from experience. Psychopaths normally display charismatic and manipulative behavior in order to get what they want (Childhood). Rachael S. Fullam, Shane McKie, and Mairead C. Dolan researched psychopathic traits and found the following, “Mean response times were greater for the lie than truth condition. Lie responses resulted in enhanced activation of the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. The PPI
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