Crime of the Month or just biology out of control?
I couldn’t help myself I was just (insert dysfunctional condition of your choice here…)
Whether it’s anger, sadness or euphoria, brought on by experiences or physiology (what else is there?) we’re all reacting with the chemistry that affects our minds. So how much are we in control of what we say, think and do?
And if anything we do is based on our past and current experiences, then how much control over ourselves do we have? Where is there any free-will in deciding to act on a situation? I would suggest there is no free-will and it’s all biology. Yes, determinism if you wish to name it.
She didn’t do it. It was her hormones!
If a woman is not functioning in her normally cognitive manner while suffering from PMS and commits a crime is she really to blame? The same could be said for anyone suffering any extreme mental dysfunction, including the crimes of passion and anger. They’re enveloped in the chemistry of their biology, overwhelming their normal thought processes and causing them to function out of their normal character.
Personal sense of agency in our actions.
Where is the line in the sand dividing us between dysfunction and normal behaviour. Is it simply normal for you to feel a little cranky until you’ve had a morning coffee or a good meal and you’re completely under self-control with absolute free-will?
Every moment of every day we’re reacting to the environment we find ourselves in both externally and internally. Most of which we react to without thought. We’re primarily operating under autopilot and even when we think we’re reacting cognitively we’re still subconsciously referencing to our biases of physiology and psychology.