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The Role of Personality Disorders in Criminal Behaviour


As an adult educator currently working primarily in the role of Security training, I focus much of my training on personality trait profiling, and effective de-escalation programs to gain voluntary compliance. I have actively attempted to contribute significantly to the understanding of the relationship between personality disorders and criminal behaviour. In this article, I wish to share my views on the role of personality disorders in criminal behaviour.


Personality disorders play a significant role in criminal behaviour. Individuals with certain personality disorders are more likely to engage in criminal behaviour than those without such disorders. Personality disorders are characterised by patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that deviate from societal norms and expectations and can have a significant impact on an individual's ability to function in society.


Individuals with personality disorders such as psychopathy, Narcissism, machiavellianism, antisocial personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder were particularly likely to engage in criminal behaviour and violence. These disorders are characterised by a lack of empathy and a disregard for the rights and feelings of others, as well as impulsivity, aggression, and an inability to control one's behaviour.


The importance of early intervention in the treatment of personality disorders to prevent criminal behaviour is well documented. Early identification and treatment of personality disorders help reduce the likelihood of individuals engaging in criminal behaviour later in life. Treatment for personality disorders should, in my opinion. focus on developing empathy, self-control, and other pro-social behaviours that are essential for functioning in society. I have formulated a range of these treatments into my adult education classes to help my students learn how to profile, reflect, and engage the appropriate tools to counter the negative aspects of these personality disorders in both adults and minors.


I believe that there is a complex interplay between personality disorders and other social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to criminal behaviour. Individuals with personality disorders are more likely to experience social and economic disadvantages, which could increase their likelihood of engaging in criminal behaviour.


I acknowledge that personality disorders are not the only factor contributing to criminal behaviour. That many other factors, such as poverty, lack of education, and exposure to violence, also contribute to criminal behaviour. However, I believe that personality disorders play an important role in criminal behaviour and should be considered in efforts to reduce crime.


One of the key challenges in addressing the role of personality disorders in criminal behaviour is identifying individuals who may be at risk of engaging in criminal behaviour. This is why I emphasize the importance of profiling tools, early identification, and treatment of personality disorders in preventing criminal behaviour. Individuals with personality disorders should receive appropriate treatment and support to help them develop the pro-social behaviours necessary to function in society. However, due to contemporaneous medical bureaucratic belief systems in Australia, most health workers promote medicating behavioural aspects as "mental illness', rather than deal with underlying personality trait disorders. Australian health and well-being treatment often focuses on expeditious distinctions and segregation as opposed to effective individual care protocols. Due to government interventions, we get rationed care, not effective community health care.


I recognise there are significant challenges in providing effective treatment for personality disorders. Traditional approaches to treatment, such as psychotherapy, are not effective for individuals with certain personality disorders. New approaches, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, have, in my experience and observations, been more effective in treating individuals with personality disorders.


Another challenge in addressing the role of personality disorders in criminal behaviour is the stigma associated with these disorders. Individuals with personality disorders often face significant social and economic disadvantages, including discrimination and stigmatisation. Efforts to reduce stigma and promote acceptance of individuals with personality disorders were essential in reducing the likelihood of criminal behaviour. A significant challenge has been the promotion of "mental illness" by the medical fields to promote "pharmaceutical protocols" rather than more effective counselling.


I hope that my continued contribution to our shared understanding of the role of personality disorders in criminal behaviour is deemed valuable in shaping our approach to crime prevention and reduction. I understand the challenges that my colleagues and students face and provide them with the most modern, simple, and appropriate tools to remain flexible, adaptable, and capable. I am acutely aware that one person can make a difference in the lives of those in need. I hope that the tools I share will help my students be that one person that can make a difference.

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The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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