16 pages in length. The residual impact of one's upbringing has much more influence upon that individual than many realize. That people are a product of their environment – both good and bad – speaks to the tremendous power one's experiences in childhood and youth have upon one's social, emotional and psychological outlook. Aileen Wuornos reflects the aftermath of a wholly traumatic upbringing, replete with physical abuse and emotional abandonment that ultimately fueled her deep-seated rage in the form of mass murder. Bibliography lists 13 sources.
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power ones experiences in childhood and youth have upon ones social, emotional and psychological outlook. Aileen Wuornos reflects the aftermath of a wholly traumatic upbringing, replete with physical abuse
and emotional abandonment that ultimately fueled her deep-seated rage in the form of mass murder. II. HISTORY & SOCIAL CONDITIONS It becomes painfully obvious after uncovering just a few
facts of Wuornos childhood that she hit the proverbial jackpot of dysfunctional families. Not only did her mother, unable to handle the responsibilities of single motherhood, abandon her as
an infant to be raised by her grandparents, but her father - a convicted child molester - was killed by fellow inmates while serving time for his crimes. In
a series of events that helped to finalize her psychological undoing, Wuornos grandmother, Britta, drank herself to death, her brother Keith died at a young age from throat cancer and
her grandfather committed suicide. Said former neighbor Annie Smith: "She had a rotten childhood. I think that does have something to do with it ... The grandparents were
very private people. They wouldnt associate with anyone. She had a miserable life on this earth. People can only do as theyre treated" (Burns, 2003).
Human behavior is a complicated and curious equation. The answer to why a particular reality is perceived as consequential in one society yet not
in another may be locked away in centurys worth of evolution, yet it continues to be displayed even today. Contemporary sociologists have come to understand how the human mental
condition is part of a complex interchange between the environment and biology. There is a direct link between brain chemistry and structure that ultimately dictates behavior and, unlike in