Lifespan Development And Personality Jeffrey Dahmer

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Life Span Development and Personality Paper University of Phoenix PSY/300 General Psychology Richard Alpert January 30, 2012 Foundations of Psychology Abstract Adler, A. (1929). The practice and theory of individual psychology (P. Radin, Trans.). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Erikson, E. H. (1950). Childhood and society. New York: WW Norton. The purpose of this paper is to research the lifespan development and personality of Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer was a serial killer who killed 17 people before he was caught and imprisoned for life. This paper will attempt to try and determine what forces may have impacted his life from the viewpoint of developmental psychology. Forces including heredity, environment, family, and…show more content…
Jeffrey Dahmer suffered through a painful childhood and adolescence as many people do. But the vast majority of people who suffer this way do not become serial killers. Dahmer murdered his first victim in 1978 and went on to kill 16 others before being caught and sentenced to 15 life terms in prison. Distinguish between the influences of heredity and environment on the person's psychological development. Be sure to specify which area of psychological development: moral, emotional, or…show more content…
He lacked moral development because he had a warped sense of right and wrong. He felt like getting his way was what was right. It did not matter that he had to be violent. He lacked social development because he never was able to interact with other people. He was a loner and incapable of making friends . He was very detached from his family also. He was delayed in his emotional development because he was lonely. According to Martens, “the major reason for psychopathic violent acts in killers like Jeffrey Dahmer was unbearable loneliness and an intense need for human company.” (Martens(1994-2012) When he took strangers to his home for one night stands, oftentimes random people from gay clubs , he feared so desperately to be left alone again that he murdered the person. Masters explained that, “Dahmer did not enjoy the act of killing and he didn't hate his victims, he just felt it was a necessary evil.” (Master's 1993a, 1993b) Because of his incapability to interact on any level with his victims he felt much more comfortable with their dead bodies for company. He was able to be in control of these situations and it took away some of his feelings of worthlessness. It pumped him up emotionally. Although he was dealing with the dead it made him feel better socially

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