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Author Topic: What kind of environment produces psychopathic college students?  (Read 1028 times)

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Offline izprince1984

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I'm basing my references on this article.

"A survey last year by the American College Health Association found that 8.5 percent of students had seriously considered suicide, and 15 percent were diagnosed for depression, up from 10 percent in 2000."

Well, let's say that they're in an environment where there is constant pressure to do your best and to not let your guard down for a second.... Why? Well, it's because of a number of things, the pressure that parents place on their children, the pressure of realizing that they're in over their head in debt and if they don't graduate, they're essentially screwed since they're never going to pay that money back if they wind up flipping burgers, to add to that, there are a limited number of jobs, and if an employer is going to have to pay the same salary one way or the other, they're going to give the job to the students with the highest grade point average.

"The Anxiety Disorders Association of America found that 13 percent of students at major universities and 25 percent at liberal arts colleges are using campus mental health services."

At major universities, you can often be thrown out of the class for getting what would otherwise be passing grades, I know for example that at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology here in Indiana, if you don't maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, you run the risk of being thrown out.

"In December 2005, a magistrate ordered Cho to undergo an evaluation at a private psychiatric hospital after two women complained about annoying calls from him, and an acquaintance reported he might be suicidal. An initial evaluation found probable cause that Cho was a danger to himself or others as a result of mental illness, but court papers indicate he was free to leave the hospital within days - a step allowed only if hospital officials judged him no longer a danger."

The mental health system is easy to work your way out of, these people learn to say and do all the right things, and they're out before you know it, it's not hard to pretend to cooperate with a shrink long enough to be discharged, I know from experience.

Finally, with the case of Cho, I'm sure that nobody ever approached him in kindness, the picture that gets painted in my mind is of this nerd, that most of the other students were probably racially prejudiced against anyway, that got picked on and bullied until he snapped, thats not to say he wasn't messed up to begin with, but people are social animals, and society tends to be cruel.
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