What kind of person becomes a criminal according to the tv show Criminal Minds? If there is one profile for all the criminals on the show, it would be this. Some of these though can be dangerous stereotypes that can legitimize discrimination against certain groups:
Individuals who ruin their own lives, but blame another person for the wreck that they are in, are the ones who set out to kill surrogates (people who have similar attributes with the individual they hate: a parent who neglected them, a lover who rejected them, and the like), before they go to finish off their main target. It is inconceivable for them to move on or become advocates against the violence that they experienced. It is true that another person contributed to their misery, but it is through their own choice that they decided to murder other people, and those murders have created more misery.
They were victims of a crime, and instead of going to the police, filing a case in court, or appealing the case to a higher court, they commit crimes to feel a sense of vengeance. There is room for sympathy for the criminals, and the show’s FBI profilers feel for them, at times even expressing how unjust it was that these criminals have been driven by the experience of abuse to become abusers themselves. Yet, their past experiences do not give them the right to harm other people.
Not all victims of crimes become criminals, and this was emphasized when one of the investigators on the show revealed that he was once a victim of a crime, and this pushed him to work for justice.
They work in the criminal justice system and are frustrated by the ineffectiveness of the system, so they take the law into their own hands. Being an activist myself, I understand these feelings, but again these emotions do not justify breaking the law.
4.) Sexual Dysfunction
Most have experienced sexual assault and this screws them up. Of course not all victims of sexual assault become like this, and the show should emphasize this in case it demonizes victims of abuse. I noticed though that if the suspect is a woman, they always ask if there was sexual assault, but if it’s a man, they don’t ask if he was sexually assaulted.
People who are impotent have a tendency to become criminals according to Criminal Minds, which is again kinda an unfair thing if we generalize all impotent people as such.
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