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Mar 07, 2019 15:33:08

Childhood & Morality

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Keni

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When do we develop our moral compass?

The last few days, I watched a series of shows about serial killers. All of those featured in the shows had completely lost their moral compass.  

I found the shows interesting. They were trying to explain the psychology of the killers. The main cause was usually their relationship with their parents. Particularly their moms. 

I felt extremely sad when that was revealed. It's not that difficult with adults, but it is heart breaking when I hear about what happened to some of the men as children. All children ought to be protected and loved. ALL OF THEM.  

After binge watching the shows, I wonder, do we need to have a perfect relationship with our parents to have a moral compass? How many people have a good relationship with their parents? 

I have zero experience or background in psychology. But having watched enough shows -  I know that childhood is the first place a psychiatrist goes to with their patients.

So sitting on my couch, watching Sopranos and feeling bad for Tony Soprano because of his mom,  I wonder..

How far back in our childhood should we go to find the source of our problems?


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    @keni I can't get enough of those serial killer documentaries either. Have you seen the Iceman Tapes? Chilling, literally and figuratively. One of my majors is psychology, but I certainly don't pretend to be an expert on the subject. I do know that the big question usually centers around, "Are serial killers born or made?" My view is both. If four or five year old kid growing up in an otherwise normal home starts torturing animals for fun, I would say he is wired incorrectly from the get go. As you point out, there are many killers who were abused as children or did have bad relationships with one or both parents. Does this mean that they would have turned out fine if they had grown up "normally?" We will likely never know. Isn't it funny how shows like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad can convince the viewer to feel sorry for characters who are diabolical and at times straight up evil?

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 07, 2019 14:54:55
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      @brandonwilson - Yeah, I don't think there is a simple answer but I think the debate is still ongoing particularly in the justice system when trying to identify where the blame lies.

      But yeah these very well written shows are blurring the lines between good and bad and being more realistic about life.

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 15, 2019 19:18:27
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