Eysenck's Theory of Criminal Personality

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Eysenck's Theory of Criminal Personality

  • Anti-social  behavour is caused by an interaction between genetic factors associated with personality and environmental influences.
  • Personality traits are seen as biologiical or born.
  • Extravert/neurotic/psychotic indeviduals are more likely to be criminal.
  • A particular nervous system causes a predisposition to criminality that can be passed through genetics.
  • The criminal personality type responds to environmental stimuli differently.
  • This means criinality is linked to impulsive and violent responses.
  • High neurotic and extrovert personalities are more likely seek out antisocial activity and resist social conditioning.
  • Psychotic people are more likely to be criminal because they have no conscience.
  • Psychotic indeviduals lack empathy so can harm or distress others without guilt or remorse.
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