Most people would agree that Criminal Minds is not a show you should watch alone in your room at night. Some of the horrors that flash across the screen are enough to unnerve almost everyone. Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder if the real-life versions of Criminal Minds’ monsters are born this way. Is it in their brain? Is it in their figurative heart? What makes Charles Manson, Robert Hansen, and Adolf Hitler different than me?
According to psychiatrist Michael Welner, this defiance can be due to one of three different reasons: “… illness, brute contempt, or bravado.” There is a worldview that most people are naturally good because nature is good, but there are some people that break the norm and have to battle evil inside them. The confusion occurs when there is someone who is supposedly good does something horribly wrong. What then? (ABC News)
The reason that this happens more often than expected is because we all have the capacity to murder. There is a theory from David Buss, University of Texas, that states that this happens because we are derived from beings that killed to survive, therefore we are naturally born killers. According to Buss, we should be asking what prevents us from killing. (NY Times)
Massacres usually occur when the person goes through life in situations that deteriorate sympathy and restraint. They live in “forward panic,” which means after they endure fear for a long time their emotions turn into fear and rage at the first chance to respond. Serial killers are known to naturally have a high opinion of themselves. They form anger towards the people that don’t respect them as equals or with enough respect. (NY Times)
The worldview says that there is always an inner battle between good and bad. C.S. Lewis once said that there is no such thing as an ordinary person. We all have virtue and moral corruptness inside of us. It’s when we can’t learn to control the small evil tendencies that they spiral out of control, causing a morally good person to be comparable to the ones on Criminal Minds.