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I'm more intrigued by mental health with regards to diagnosis, "causes", and treatments. There are some illnesses that have some basic answers as to the cause, many are thought to be genetic or brain abnormalities but if you do a lot of research there are a lot of "maybe" or "could be" and no real answers. There are so many theories and little clear cut answers.

I have friends with ADHD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, multiple personality disorder, anxiety, depression, OCD, the list goes on and on.

I'm interested in what makes them tick..what is it that causes my friend to hear voices and have hallucinations? It's fascinating to watch and to study.

I think what interests me is knowing that some people are born with these illnesses, others don't get them until later in life, and some become mentally ill due to life's experiences. Some people have even been known to cause their own mental illness, never having heard voices before they actually convince themselves that they do and eventually it comes to pass.

Then there is my research into things like The Holocaust (more specifically, though not limited to medical experiments) and things like school shootings, serial killers, and other murderers.

I can't help but chuckle when I watch these TV series on killers and "what made them do it?" Always the past is looked at, hoping for clues to point to a reason why this could have happened and what warning signs there "must have been". Almost always they say there was past trauma in the child hood....I've known people who went through horrific childhoods and yet they don't murder...do they have "issues" because of abuse or whatnot, of course but they didn't become murderers. Is it a possible link, yes it could be but there are many other factors involved and no one answer.

The question "why?"...It's human nature to ask...we want answers, we want to place blame to someone of something...there HAS to be a reason!!! Sometimes there isn't and humans as a whole have a very difficult time grasping that concept. This brings to mind the movie "Home Room" which is a movie that looks at a few individuals after a school shooting, the detectives are searching for answers because the school shooter killed himself so he couldn't provide anything...I highly recommend the movie and in the end the question "why" is brought up, contemplated, and in my opinion answered...there aren't always answers.

I search for answers like anyone else but I also understand that somethings just can't be answered. With so much research there are endless possibilities and not everyone agrees so no matter what the situation, who the person is, what the crime was, what the illness is..someone will always have "reasons" and "causes" and there will always be someone else who disagrees.
lustforpain lustforpain
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3 Responses May 8, 2012

I have watched Criminal Minds and many other series of the sorts and again, they often delve into the past to find connections as to why this person turned out this way. I agree that we are closer to understanding the minds of serial killers and have found common links. Science has come a long way so has psychology. I'm not saying their theories are wrong but I don't believe they are always definitive answers, there will always be a few people who just don't fall into the realm of the "typical" serial killer that will leave us scratching our heads. I feel that those people are labeled and studied no further....I won't provide specific names but say there is a serial killer who has no motive (they aren't going after a specific group of people, no one they know personally, and so on)..they had no past trauma (no abuse, head injuries,etc)..didn't have any known mental illness and was a well liked person. In all other words, this person was "normal"...then they go and torture and kill several people before getting caught. Because this person enjoyed killing and was perhaps sexually aroused they label them as a Sadist...Okay they are a Sadist...but why???? Can it really just be chalked up to a chemical reaction in the brain, if so why weren't there warning signs before and how did they manage to hide it? There are many questions to be asked and again, there will be several different answers if any.<br />
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My point is that it is far from a perfect science...We don't have all the answers and I'm not convinced, even with all the advances we've made, that we'll ever have definite answers to any of it.

I agree that science has come a long way in attempting to understand the human mind. Despite being a scientist myself, I don't believe it will ever be possible to truly understand it.

“If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.” ~ Emerson M. Pugh

You know... always on those shows I've never seen anyone bother to wonder whether or not the killer simply killed because he was bored or that was what he liked to do. I imagine, if I ever got so silly to kill someone. That would DEFINITELY be the main reason. XD

I think it's human nature to ask "why?". We want to understand and categorize things. We need to "make sense" of things - even when much human behavior makes absolutely no sense at all. This is especially true of most mental ailments.<br />
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Have you seen a show called Criminal Minds? They have FBI profilers trying to figure out why the criminals are committing certain acts in order to catch them. Likewise, mental health professionals are trying to figure out the "why?" in order to treat/prevent certain behaviors. <br />
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I found the following quote interesting...<br />
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“People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.” ~ Michel Foucault

Those are good questions lustforpain. Fortunately the field of cognitive science is now doing a far better job addressing these questions than psychology has managed thus far. This new field has already provided great insights into the interactions of factors that influence human behavior. Although the interpretation of human behavior will always remain somewhat subjective, more scientifically rigorous approaches are likely to provide more useful insights than personal interpretations of behavior.