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Life of Crime Begins at Three for Some Children, Scientists Claim After Disturbing Traits Identified

Society & Culture  (tags: Life, crime, criminal, children, psychology, society )

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At the age of three, most children will want to grow up to be a train driver, astronaut or princess.But according to scientists, some toddlers are already destined for a life of crime.Disturbing evidence has emerged that the psychological seeds of a......

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Carol H (229)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 4:22 am
thanks Anna, noted

Cheryl B (64)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 5:02 am

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 7:41 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 8:22 am
Sad, looking at a 3 year old
and thinking he may be a criminal already . . .

Krasimira B (175)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 8:42 am
Sad and scary...

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 9:47 am
Thank you for this most interesting article.

Kaye S (45)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:42 am
As a clinician I don't see that.

Ann L (15)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:54 am
It would be nice to help these children and protect society. On the other hand, what sort of impact does it have on the family? Would the parents be able to cope with this knowledge and how does one make sure this information stay private? If it got out, it would ruin the child's chances of ever having a normal social life. Not sure what the answer is to this. Thanks for the post Anna.

Lydia S (155)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 11:03 am
Weirdly interesting.

Tammy C (41)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 11:23 am
Noted. xx

Toni C (508)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 12:05 pm
Noted. So, this is saying certain children are predestined to be bad? That's very unsettling to me, for what does their future hold? Is someone going to come along and decide they should be destroyed like a rabid animal?

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 12:19 pm
Noted with thanks Anna. This is very scary!

Tysu Jung (2)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 1:28 pm
This finding is not surprising. We are all born with samscara, some are very good and some are not so good.

Judith H (27)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 1:52 pm
this behavior is learned at that age, so if their family is, they will be :(

Tamila mendoza (177)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 2:07 pm

rose s (239)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 2:47 pm
what about children who predispose to hurt animals for enterta.,eg crush videos,abusing Dahmer.Than we can weed them out through brain scans and give them help so that there will less animal cruelty.What breakthrough!!

Trish K (93)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 4:00 pm
I watched my cousin and he was just born mean and bad. He was a terrorist for all of us children and his mother.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 4:44 pm
Aren't we forgetting Nature/Nurture? In a certain environment the trait might not show itself!

Jason T (8)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 6:22 pm
For me it all comes down to proper parenting/home environment and who you are spiritually. If you were sinister and violent in your last life, why should a transition to a new body change your soul? Physical reality just mirrors spiritual reality, that's how we see/comprehend life.

Marti Williams (170)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 6:23 pm
Noted...but I don't totally believe it...

Pat B (356)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 6:51 pm
Personally, I think with a strong family unit, lots of love, and being there for your children, this too...can change. Three y.o.'s are still learning. Heck...I'm still learning at my ripe old age...Thanks, Anna for this.

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 7:06 pm
And how long before some enterprising attorney mounts the defense that "his brain has pre-destined him to violence, ladies and gentlemen. It's not his fault."

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 7:36 pm
lived next door to a little monster. He burned down his house at 3. By the time he was my neighbor at 5 he was a real psycho. Kicked a kitten and laughed. Stole money from his babysitter and when comfronted asked if he had to return it. he went up and down the street beating cars with sticks. Scratched the side of my new car. His mother did absolutely nothing about this. She claimed she wasn't going to put him on drugs, and it was up to all us neighbors to help raise him. You know the it takes a village to raise a child crap.He kept harassing my elderly father. I called the police, who "talked to the mother". I called Children's Protective services and was told "why don't you move?"!!!!!! When they moved out 10 years later (hud house), it was a total mess, and incredible stench. I have no sympathy for "children who kill". Try living next door to a young psychopath.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 8:46 pm
I would like to have or police and politicians tested as they display tendencies toward being able to treat people in cruel and callous ways with no remorse.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 9:08 pm
Some people are just born evil. There is no other way to describe them, or to explain them. Whatever the reason, some humans lack the proper emotions to be "good". If there is a way to treat these people when they are young, it would be well worth the cost in order to stop tragedy before it strikes.

criss s (4)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 11:00 pm
ty for the artical

Catherine Ignatowski (80)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 2:39 am
Very interesting. My grandfather on my moms side was a criminal, all 3 of his children were not. I inherited some of his traits, music and writing but that's all. So I think that it's all in the raising because my mom and grandmother were great role models.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 4:06 am

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 5:07 am

Nola g (5)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 5:17 am
Thank you for the article. I believe some people are just born bad.

Roberta Z (16)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 7:08 am
Some people are just born mean and nasty while I think others learn them growing up ("it's all about me syndrome" and what I can get away with by stealing, lying, abuse etc.) either form their parents, tv, etc.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 7:28 am

Wednesday February 23, 2011, 7:53 am
I guess that explains why some kids just seem to be bad from the start.
What to do about it is a very slippery slope and I don't think testing kids early to detect which ones will end up as psychopaths is such a good idea.
Labels can be crippling and can create monsters.

Kate A (10)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 8:32 am
Wow this information was an eye-opener

Penelope P (222)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 10:44 am
Doesn't say much for the"Cool" personality -or it seems for the hot one
Cool=slow reflexes=psycopath,hot amidiglia probs = front cortesx not workibngbeing bypassed by anger in an emergency= normal killer situation as most murders are impulsive crimes of violence apparently
JEEZ- Can't win can you, it's like the three bears and the porridge-just right is of course subjective-When do we stop cowtowing to this pseudo science of pstchology

Brenda Towers (0)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 11:01 am
Where do they learn their habits? They copy their elders!!

Tierney G (381)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 1:20 pm
This would be wonderful IF they could perfect it. Personally I am sick and tired of violence ,murder,rape animal abuse,and every other thing these psycho's do. Preventing them in the first place is the way to do it. Just lock up the monsters and throw away the keys!

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 1:33 pm
This was an interesting comment after the article that deserves some thought.
"It is also a fact that the brain develops over time and is not ready made when we are born. So if parts of our brain for example can actually grow because of things we learn does that not mean scanning a three year old is pretty pointless?

- AD, Portsmouth, Hants, "
Indeed does that part of the brain that is used then grow to reflect experience and teaching.
I have noted that most kids are open to conversation that reflects your concern is for them and not to judge but to help them think out a situation. That is what I loved about student teaching. You can turn kids around, even in adolescence. I do not believe kids are born bad. Some kids live horrible lives, or deprived lives. I do not like this test them and then drug them. That is what GW wanted the schools to do and help the pharma companies get rich. The law he wrote made it mandatory and the parents had to right to object or the kid would be removed from the home. I have wondered what has happened to that bill. Seems that it went forward. Does anyone here know about this mandatory testing of all school children for mental health status and drugging?

Tere M (75)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 1:33 pm
Thank you Anna. ~

linda b (186)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 4:30 pm
Interesting article thank you Anna

Julie W (32)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 9:53 pm
I have seen a couple of children quite obviously on the path to being criminals. But unless the parents agree, and are concerned enough to get help, there is damn all you can do.

There may be some gene responsible, but perhaps it takes the right (or wrong) upbringing for that gene to develop.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday February 24, 2011, 4:58 am
I don't believe this study. Anyway, is every child going to be scanned and 'marked' by judgement at three years old? What about those that commit crimes and don't have this 'marker'. Complete drivel.

April Thompson (2)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 12:57 pm
I have worked with chidren who all us teachers knew were headed towards a criminal life unless given the help that they really needed! I most definitely believe that some children are just born bad, period!

Lika P (130)
Wednesday March 2, 2011, 3:53 am
Interesting. I believe most children are born good, yet due to what ever problems, they turn bad sometimes. but it's up to parents to teach the difference between right and wrong. A 3 year old knows the basic difference. If they don't, it's a warning sign. A 5 year old should be able to give examples and know inherently the difference between right and wrong. By the time they're 10-12, they should be able to exhibit good behavior and actively practice it, such as taking care of elderly or pets or small children.

Cindy C (125)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 3:28 pm
we should love and cherish our children and show them what is right and wrong - god bless them
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