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Why does vandalism happen?

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´╗┐Why does vandalism happen? Expository piece This is a topic that is often dismissed as purely inconsiderate behaviour and yet, like all problems, it has deep roots in the human mind. It is a problem that is connected not to the logical part of ones brain, but to an intricate network of psychological events and problems, which result in a highly irrational outburst of negative emotions. This is the cause of vandalism. To put it into simple terms, vandalism is caused by strong emotions being expressed in unhealthy ways. Anger, depression, malcontent, aggravation, aggression; these are the signs that are often portrayed in vandals. These are also common symptoms of teenagers who are in unhealthy group dynamics, or are living in a violent household. These are symptoms of unrest, but the world doesn?t leave room for such people to express these feeling in healthy situations (e.g. counseling), so they do it in unhealthy ways instead. Many find ways to keep these unexpressed feelings inside, with occasional success. But mostly the feelings and emotions remain and escalate, until, without help, some teenagers reach a stage where they need to express these strong feelings physically. ...read more.


This is where they project what has been done to them to somebody else in a slightly irrational attempt to stop it being done to them, or to at least feel powerful in their own right. For example they may feel stupid due to a remark made by a colleague, so instead of admitting to feeling stupid, they call the other person stupid. Alternatively they may shy away in that conversation only to later rub in their superiority on somebody else. This can also apply to vandalism. The third way I will mention as to why people deal out damage to other people for seemingly pointless reasons is due to extorted revenge. They may have had something done to them, and in revenge they ruin something of that persons. If they for some reason cant or don?t want to take it out on that person they may do it to somebody entirely random. Yet another reason is that they feel hard done by and don?t want somebody else to be happy when they are consistently down in the dumps. ...read more.


There is also a very strong social focus in such groups, which leads to a ?loyal to the death? attitude, which is found in many gangs. Even having presented some psychological reasons behind vandalism, it is still a highly irrational crime and one that in many ways should be attributed not only to the people themselves, but also to the parents. A strong family background secures you firmly out of such circles, and gives you the knowledge and will to do so. I personally find that having a strong faith makes people more considerate of other people, and emotionally more able to deal with issues that may otherwise rise up as an insurmountable problem. While this view is not actually adopted by most atheists, it has sufficient backing to be worth more than a mention in psychological studies. In conclusion, having an insecure emotional state, often caused by unhealthy family situations, is the main cause of vandalism, (this also makes teenagers especially vulnerable), there are many psychological reasons behind such vandalism but it is still a thoroughly irrational response, and healthy religious circles are often more secure emotionally, and therefore almost no vandalism is committed in individuals with a strong faith. ...read more.

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