Are evil people really born this way or just suffering from some kind of emotion

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  1. keepitnatural profile image59
    keepitnaturalposted 12 years ago

    Are evil people really born this way or just suffering from some kind of emotional trauma causing...

    them to behave in this way?

  2. seanorjohn profile image70
    seanorjohnposted 12 years ago

    I think they are mostly born this way. Of course some are a product of their environment. But I blam,e the genes.

  3. jacqui2011 profile image81
    jacqui2011posted 12 years ago

    I agree with seanorjohn, I think that an evil person is born this way. I also think that some people who live and are brought up in violent or evil communities can get drawn in and become evil themselves.

  4. LeeLeePortCity profile image60
    LeeLeePortCityposted 12 years ago

    Nobody is born evil. We are born with new growing minds. We grow bitter or sweet as we go through life and our personalities develop based on our surroundings. What we encounter, experience, and how we learn to love are all huge factors.

  5. poetvix profile image55
    poetvixposted 12 years ago

    I do not believe either is the case.  I am convinced that evil is a choice.  Yes, many who decide to become evil went through horrible emotional traumas, but so have many, many good people.  It's like excusing a criminal because he/she had a rough childhood.  I know good people who survived some of the worst abuse imaginable and are still good people that did not resort to crime.  Mind you, I'm not saying everyone that commits a crime is evil either, only that we each, from one minute to the next, decide what we are going to do.   Good people face hardships, situations where the not so good choice would certainly be easier, but they do the right thing.  Evil people have the same choices; they just don't make the same decisions.
    How one chooses to live one's life is just exactly that, a choice.

  6. Jonesy0311 profile image59
    Jonesy0311posted 12 years ago

    I agree that some people are born with a mental abnormality that prompts them to engage in anti-social behavior. However, the vast majority are a product of their environment. This has been the running theme in every single criminal justice class I have ever taken. This doesn't excuse their behavior, but it offers an explaination. I urge everyone to read The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo.

  7. ibbarkingmad profile image59
    ibbarkingmadposted 12 years ago

    People make a choice to do good or evil. There are things that can shape their behavior such as bad experiences or be taught wrong, but even then every person has a choice in how he or she will turn out. An assumption that a person is born evil is just as wrong as the assumption that because a person is born with dark skin they are inferior to people with lighter skin. Agency, the ability to make choice and mold one's destiny, is what makes humans so different from other animals on this planet. A dog can only react to stimulus so if the owner beats it, it will become a "bad dog" but a human can choose to forgive or seek vengeance for being hit.

  8. onegoodwoman profile image68
    onegoodwomanposted 12 years ago

    I truly do not know.........and I have pondered this very thing before, and often.............still, I have no answer as to why they are the way they are...

    The INNOCENT should not have to pay  the price, either way!

  9. Blond Logic profile image93
    Blond Logicposted 12 years ago

    This is an interesting question. I didn't think people were born evil but my sister is a felony probation officer and has seen people who appear so. She has said, "I look into their eyes and there is no soul, their eyes are just black."

    When  a person shows no remorse for a horrific act, for example Charles Manson, isn't he evil? Would he have been a "nice normal man" if raised in a different environment?

    I think the answer would need to come from someone dealing with children. Do they see evil in certain children? If so is this something that is physically wrong with them such as a chemical imbalance or is it genetics? Is there an "Evil gene"?

  10. sugz profile image69
    sugzposted 12 years ago

    neither.. they are just selfish losers that are miserable with their own lives and feel they should just treat eveyrone else the same way...

    treat others how you want them to treat you..

    fun brings fun, negative breeds negative, love brings love and warmth and hapiness.. evil brings lonliness, anger and hatered and those kind of people will just die alone and miserable but unfortunately will create so much hatred among others.. which takes a lot of hard work for kind hearted loving people to undo.

    i grew up with angry abusive parents.. my adopted brother is a selfish loser that poses nothing but negativity on everyone around him and is verbally and physiclaly abusive.. (i disowned him years ago) and i love people, laughing and making others smile.. has nothign to do with the way we are born.. my birth family is proof of that, and so am i.. my birth family were abusive, my adopted family were, but i'm so far from that its ridiculous.. i find the worste things in l ife can also help me find a reason to smile. why, cos its who i am.
    if it were genes.. or upbringing.. i'd be a druggy, an alcaholic and a angry loser all in one.. but i rarely drink, and never alone. have never touched drugs of any kind, i chose to be different and to be myself.. its comes from the inside and how we feel about ourselves.. for years i hated myself, i changed that and everyone tells me i'm one of the nicest people they know..  genes my a"""" its who we are on the inside, its what and who we chose to be.

  11. legitimo profile image39
    legitimoposted 12 years ago

    Maybe it's the way they were raised,were they stay sometimes a person just goes through bad thing's and end up that way.

  12. calpol25 profile image59
    calpol25posted 12 years ago

    I believe it starts from childhood as children learn by example,,,

  13. danielleantosz profile image75
    danielleantoszposted 12 years ago

    It seems to go hand in hand with mental illness of some sort.

  14. K. Burns Darling profile image77
    K. Burns Darlingposted 12 years ago

    I believe that there are a few  different ways that people become evil, and yes, I think that there are some who are just plain born with evil in their hearts.  Emotional trauma, while it may sound like a good excuse, it really is just an excuse to behave badly. My sister and I suffered through the same emotional trauma during our formative years,(she was nine and I was eleven) and she has been using it to excuse her vile behavior ever since.  At some point, we are all responsible for our behavior (both good and bad). We make choices, either to do or to not do the right thing. She chooses to do the wrong thing. She chooses to hurt people, and she takes great satisfaction from it, she chooses to do the wrong thing.  Some people are born with a broken moral indicator, that I do believe. They are born with out a capacity for love or compassion, and are strongly  pre-disposed to growing up into serial killers.  I also believe that some people become evil by example. Nurture over nature, and that some are possessed by evil.

  15. bright_sorcerer profile image60
    bright_sorcererposted 12 years ago

    The Divine Plan requires people polarized to light and those polarized to the dark. It is difficult to understand how we could be betrayed by a lover or friend, resulting in pain and suffering. Many only look at the action and not at the purpose, which is often to force us in a direction we have been hesitant to go. We are each given our roles within this reality and some manifestations require what you call evil people to stimulate them. Consider the heartbreaking stories of parents losing kids to killers and worse. I believe that if we are in need of some type of experience to step fully into our roles, the Universe will comply and ensure we experience what we need to. There are literally tens of thousands of reports about people undergoing horrendous experiences and arrive on the other side, and make a commitment to help those who undergo something similar.

    In one sense, these hurtful actions are considered evil - as are the perpetrators - but they are never random. One never is fully aware of who might be affected by these acts. It may serve little more than a parent giving their young child an extra hug now and then or even devoting one's life to assisting others, all because of that evil act committed by that evil person.

    Another aspect that is seldom discussed is when our life purpose is planned out, prior to any incarnation. We draw those experiences to us, in life, with the help of those who assisted in the planning, which may well be a soul we have been intimate with over many lifetimes, making their hurtful actions even more intense. It is all about ensuring completion of this Divine Plan, which for now, requires people and events that are decidedly negative in polarity.


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