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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