Re: Rearing Violent People

Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin (
Fri, 26 Dec 1997 18:38:18 -0800

> From: Twink <>

> At 11:02 AM 12/26/97 -0800, Lee Daniel Crocker <>
> wrote: >> Swiss psychotherapist Alice Miller's horrifying book on
> the subject >> of 'poisonous pedagogy' -- "'For Your Own Good': The
> Roots of >> Violence in Child-Rearing" (Virago, [1987] -- is an
> inclusive and >> comprehensive descriptive and explanatory account,
> which answers the >> basic question: "How would you have to bring up
> a child, for him or >> her to be a violent adult?" > >Anyone who
> claims to come anywhere close to answering a question >like that can
> be immediately dismissed as a crackpot. There are >so many
> completely unstudied and misunderstood aspects of learning,
> >socialization, genetic predisposition, and blind chance involved
> >in child-rearing that any claim of any "scientific" result in it
> >is utterly specious.
> I would not go that far. I would say it is good to ask the
> question, but know its limits. I would be suspicious of anyone who
> claimed having a child exposed to, say, grunge music for one year
> would turn into an axe murderer.:)

I think the most we could say is that some child-rearing practices
are statistically more likely to produce violent people.
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