Going inside criminal’s brain is not an easy thing. For most people it’s very hard when they read about crimes and have to comprehend how someone could harm anyone. I think what we fear, despite the fact of killing or hurting someone and having to live with that guilt our whole life, is that our actions have some consequences we can’t escape from. Going to prison is one of them.
However this counts only for people who don’t have a criminal record. These people who tend to commit crimes or live illegally don’t care about having a peaceful life.
The only thing that matters is to live a greedy life going against the rules of society. Although some may believe that criminals don’t have feelings and that they don’t fear there’s a study that can change this view.
A study in 1982-1983 showed that criminals do have fears and what they fear most is armed citizens than the police. Another study showed that 92% of criminal attacks are deterred when the victim has a gun which is merely shown. Moreover we have to take into consideration some facts about the criminal’s brain.
Some parts of their brain aren’t the same size as in an average person. During some experiments, researchers found that the brain of people with antisocial personality doesn’t recognize and responds to facial expressions. They’re fearless as their brain is used to the feeling of fear.
Besides that, one more thing criminals fear is the rejection which, if we consider it more, is the main factor for those who lost their legitimacy. Criminals don’t even fear of death penalty. At the beginning they don’t believe they are gonna get caught but once they go into prison they are so conscious of this idea.
One thing we should take into consideration is that criminals are genetically predisposed to crime. Because of their trouble environment they grow up having an aggressive and illegal behavior. This doesn’t mean that they were forced to commit crimes however. If they used to have abnormal and violent behavior that’s the normal life they’ve known. Let’s not forget that criminals are people who lost their way during their growth. They are more vulnerable than us and the big question is what can we do to stop them? Is this preventable?
By Eirini Konstantopoulou, Truth Inside Of You