Psychopathy And Social Learning Theory And The Copycat Effect
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The two topics I found interesting are both found in Chapters 4 of Adler, Mueller, and Laufer. The topics that will be discussed in this essay are "psychopathy" and “social learning theory and the copycat effect". These two topics have me intrigued to learn more about. In Adler, Mueller, and Laufer it left me questioning why these people commit such crimes and what motives or patterns might be linked to copy others. I also found interesting how “psychopathy is viewed as a serious illness even though patients may not appear to be ill” (Adler, Mueller, and Laufer 2013 pg. 103). I want to do my search on these topics to learn a little more about them.
First Interesting Topic (Psychopathy):
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In Chapter 4, we talked about mental disorders and how it was difficult for psychiatrists to figure out criteria that would help them decide which offenders are mentally ill, which is also known as psychopathy (Adler, Mueller, and Laufer 2013, pg. 103). Hare & McPherson (1984) states that “crimes and behavior of psychopaths are more violent and aggressive than are those of other criminal”. We learned that it is difficult to get reasons that would help determine which offenders are mentally ill. Adler, Mueller, Laufer (2013) stated that, “Some psychologists consider psychopathy to be an artificial label for an antisocial personality" (pg. 104). As we learned many criminals are labeled and it seems interesting to see that psychopaths are very hard to label. In