The Psychology Of Mass Killers: What Causes It? How Can You Prevent It?



In Las Vegas on 1 Oct 2017, it appears that one man (although it competence have been more) killed 59 people and shot and harmed another 241 (with almost 300 some-more harmed while fleeing). The occurrence got a lot of publicity, partly given the man managed to kill some-more people than many mass killers. However, given the torpedo was a white American and had a Christian name, he was not immediately labeled a terrorist, even yet his death fee extremely exceeded that achieved in many ‘terrorist attacks’, including those that start in fight zones (such as US drone murders of trusting people attending weddings).

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there is now an normal of one mass sharpened (arbitrarily tangible by the FBI as a sharpened in which at slightest 4 victims are shot) any day in the USA. By any measure, this is a inhabitant crisis.

However, while there has been a flood of reason on the incident, including suggestions about what competence be finished in response formed on a accumulation of analyses of the cause, nothing that we have review explain the underlying means of all these mass killings. And if we do not know this, then any other suggestions, whatever their apparent merits, can have little impact.

The suggestions finished so distant in response to this electrocute embody the following:

  1. Making it much some-more difficult, maybe even illegal, to own a gun. See ‘Guns’.
  1. Drastically shortening the medication of curative drugs (which are almost constantly being consumed by the killer). See ‘Drugs and Guns Don’t Mix: Medication Madness, Military Madness and the Las Vegas Mass Shooting’.
  1. Recognising and addressing the sociological factors concerned in causing the violence. See ‘violence is driven by socioeconomic factors, not entrance to firearms’ argued in ‘Another Mass Shooting, Another Grab for Guns: 6 Gun Facts’ and ‘a low illness in American society’ argued in ‘The social pathology of the Las Vegas Massacre’.
  1. Identifying either or not the torpedo had ideological/religious links to a militant organisation (in this case ISIS, as claimed by some). See, for example, ‘ISIS Releases Infographic Claiming Las Vegas Gunman Converted 6 Months Ago’.
  1. Identifying and remedying the ways in which inherent supplies and laws promote such massacres. See ‘Las Vegas Massacre Proves 2nd Amendment Must be Abolished’.
  1. Recognizing the way in which these incidents are speedy by inhabitant elites and are sometimes, in fact, fake dwindle attacks used as a means to clear the converging of chosen social control (through such measures as increasing state notice and new restrictions on human rights).
  1. Limiting the ways in which violence, generally military violence, is used as party and education, and so culturally saved in ways that inspire imitation. See ‘People Don’t Kill People, Americans Kill People’.

However, as indicated above, while these and other suggestions, including certain educational initiatives, sound appealing as options for presumably preventing/mitigating some incidents in future, they do not residence the means of assault in this or any other context and so widespread assault both in the United States and around the universe will continue.

So given does someone turn a mass killer?

Human socialization is radically a routine of inflicting unusual assault on children until they consider and act as the pivotal adults – quite their parents, teachers and eremite total – around them want, irrespective of the functionality of this suspicion and function in evolutionary terms. This is given substantially all adults prioritize tractability over all other probable behaviors and they delusionarily trust that they ‘know better’ than the child.

The thought that any child is the only one of their kind in all of vital origination in Earth’s story and, therefore, has a singular destiny to fulfill, never even enters their mind. So, instead of nurturing that singular destiny so that the child entirely becomes the singular Self that expansion created, adults scare any child into apropos just another more-or-less matching spoke in the hulk appurtenance called ‘human society’.

Before we go any further, you competence consternation if the countenance ‘phenomenal violence?’ isn’t too strong. So let me explain.

From the moment of birth, human adults inflict assault on the child. This assault occurs in 3 categories: visible, ‘invisible’ and ‘utterly invisible’. Visible assault is straightforwardly identified: it is the (usually) earthy assault that occurs when someone is hit (with a palm or weapon), kicked, shaken, held down or punished in any other way. See ‘Punishment is Violent and Counterproductive’.

But what is this ‘invisible’ and ‘utterly invisible’ assault that is inflicted on us mercilessly, and has a profoundly deleterious impact, from the day we are born?

In essence, ‘invisible’ assault is the ‘little things’ we do every day, partly given we are just ‘too busy’. For example, when we do not concede time to listen to, and value, a child’s thoughts and feelings, the child learns to not listen to themSelf so destroying their inner communication system. When we do not let a child contend what they wish (or omit them when they do), the child develops communication and behavioural dysfunctionalities as they keep trying to meet their own needs (which, as a simple presence strategy, they are genetically automatic to do).

When we blame, condemn, insult, mock, embarrass, shame, humiliate, taunt, goad, guilt-trip, deceive, distortion to, bribe, blackmail, sermonise with and/or judge a child, we both criticise their clarity of Self-worth and learn them to blame, condemn, insult, mock, embarrass, shame, humiliate, taunt, goad, guilt-trip, deceive, lie, bribe, blackmail, sermonise and/or judge.

The elemental outcome of being bombarded via their childhood by this ‘invisible’ assault is that the child is definitely impressed by feelings of fear, pain, anger and unhappiness (among many others). However, parents, teachers and other adults also actively meddle with the countenance of these feelings and the behavioural responses that are naturally generated by them and it is this ‘utterly invisible’ assault that explains given the dysfunctional behavioural outcomes actually occur.

For example, by ignoring a child when they demonstrate their feelings, by comforting, calming or distracting a child when they demonstrate their feelings, by shouting at or insulting their feelings, by terrorizing a child into not expressing their feelings (e.g. by screaming at them when they cry or get angry), and/or by vigourously determining a poise that is generated by their feelings (e.g. by attack them, confining them or locking them into a room), the child has no choice but to unconsciously conceal their recognition of these feelings.

However, once a child has been terrorized into suppressing their recognition of their feelings (rather than being allowed to have their feelings and to act on them) the child has also unconsciously suppressed their recognition of the reality that caused these feelings. This has many outcomes that are catastrophic for the individual, for multitude and for inlet given the sold will now simply conceal their recognition of the feelings that would tell them how to act many functionally in any given business and they will gradually acquire a unusual accumulation of dysfunctional behaviours, including many that are aroused towards themselves, others and/or the Earth.

Moreover, this romantic (or psychological) repairs will lead to a singular multiple of aroused behaviours in any case and, depending on the accurate multiple of assault to which they are subjected, some of them will turn what we call ‘archetype perpetrators of violence’; that is, people so emotionally shop-worn that they finish up totally abandoned of a Self and with a psychological form identical to Hitler’s.

These archetype perpetrators of assault are all terrified, self-hating and unable but, in fact, they have 23identifiable psychological characteristics forming their ‘personality’.For a full reason of this sold psychological profile, see ‘Why Violence?’and ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice’.Of course, few perpetrators of assault fit the archetype, but all perpetrators are full of (suppressed) terror, self-hatred and powerlessness and this is elemental to bargain their assault as explained in ‘Why Violence?’

Rather than elaborate offer in this essay given these perpetrators act as they do (which you can review on the papers just mentioned), let me explain given the suggestions finished by others above in propinquity to gun and drug control, socioeconomic factors, ideological/religious connections, inherent and authorised shortcomings, facing efforts to connect chosen social control, and revised preparation and party programs can have little impact if undertaken in siege from the primary thought we will make below.

Once someone is so emotionally shop-worn that they are effectively abandoned of the Self that should have tangible their singular personality, then they will be the unconstrained victim of whatever assault is destined at them. This simply means that they will have immaterial ability to bargain strenuously with any formidable life resources and personal problems (and, for example, to conflict doctors prescribing curative drugs), they will be gullibly shabby by aroused ideologies, preparation and entertainment, and they will have substantially no ability to work creatively to solve the conflicts (both personal and structural) in their life but will do what was modeled to them as a child in any bid to do so: use violence.

And by now you have substantially satisfied that we am not just articulate about the mass killers that we started deliberating at the commencement of this article. we am also articulate about the genuine mass killers: those politicians, military leaders and weapons house executives, and all those other corporate executives, who inflict mass assault on life itself, as good as those others, such as academics and those operative in corporate media outlets, that support and clear this violence. This includes, to discuss just one apparent example, all of those US Senators and Congresspeople who conflict implementing gun control laws. See ‘Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding’.

In hint then, if the child suffers adequate of this visible, invisible and definitely invisible violence, they will grow up abandoned of the Selfhood – including the love, compassion, empathy, probity and firmness – that is their legacy and the substructure of their ability to act strenuously in all contexts but the use of violence.

Instead, they will turn a perpetrator of violence, to a larger or obtuse extent, and may even find practice in those positions that inspire them to support and/or inflict assault legally, such as a police or jail officer, a counsel or judge – see ‘The Rule of Law: Unjust and Violent’– a infantryman who fights in fight or a Congressperson who supports it, or even an employee in a house that increase from assault and exploitation. See ‘Profit Maximization is Easy: Invest in Violence’.

In addition, many people will inflict assault on the meridian and environment, all will inflict assault on children, and some will inflict assault in those few ways that are actually tangible as ‘illegal’, such as mass killings.

But if we don’t see the mass killers as the logical, if occasional, outcome of (unconsciously) aroused parenting, then we will never even start to residence the problem at its source. And we are cursed to humour violence, in all of its manifestations, until we fundamentally drive ourselves to annihilation by nuclear fight or climate/environmental collapse.

If you are looking for a lead on this from domestic leaders, you are wasting your time. Similarly, there are changed few professionals, quite in the medical and psychiatric industries – see ‘Defeating the Violence of Psychiatry’ – who have any thought how to respond meaningfully (assuming they even have an seductiveness in doing so). So given not be your own judge and consider making ‘My Promise to Children’?

In addition, if offer shortening the assault in the universe appeals to you, then you are also acquire to consider participating in the origination of communities that do not have assault built into them – see ‘The Flame Tree Project to Save Life on Earth’– signing the online oath of ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ and/or consider using the vital horizon on one or the other of these two websites for your campaign to finish assault in one context or another: Nonviolent Campaign Strategy and Nonviolent Defense/Liberation Strategy.

In outline then: For the standard human adult, it is better to forever inflict assault on a child to require them to obey. Of course, once the child has been terrorized into this instinctive obedience, they won’t just conform the relatives and teachers (secular and religious) who terrorized them: they will also conform anyone else who orders them to do something. This will embody governments, military officers and militant leaders who sequence them to kill (or compensate taxes to kill) people they do not know in unfamiliar countries, employers who sequence them to contention to the exploitation of themselves and others, not to discuss a immeasurable array of other influences (particularly corporations) who will have little difficulty utilizing them into working unethically and but doubt (even per consumer purchases).

Or, to put it another way: For the standard human adult, it is better to forever inflict assault on a child to require them to conform and to then watch the end-products of this assault – obedient, cooperative children who are unable to doubt their relatives and teachers, conflict the entreaties of drug pushers, and critique the promotion of governments, companies and the military as good as the media, preparation and party industries – turn forever out of control: wars, large exploitation, ecological destruction, slavery, mass killings…. And to then consternation ‘Why?’

For these terrorized humans, villainous powerlessness is the state they have been lerned to accept, while holding whatever element distractions are thrown their way as compensation. So they pass on this state to their children by terrorizing them into acquiescence too. Powerfully usurpation shortcoming to perform their own singular destiny, and offer multitude by doing so, is over them.

The good tragedy of human life is that substantially nobody values the overwhelming energy of the sold Self with an integrated mind (that is, a mind in which memory, thoughts, feelings, sensing, demur and other functions work together in an integrated way) given this sold will be wilful in selecting life-enhancing behavioural options (including those at opposite with social laws and norms) and will fearlessly conflict all efforts to control or require them with violence.

 Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime joining to bargain and finale human violence. He has finished endless investigate given 1966 in an bid to know given human beings are aroused and has been a pacifist romantic given 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’ His email residence is and his website is here.


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