Impulsivity as a Pathway to Violence
Heretofore, I’ve devoted time and attention to various symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorders. In this edition I want to discuss impulsivity as a pathway to violence. Not all impulsive behavior manifests itself in dangerous behavior but, some do. When impulsivity promulgates risky or self-destructive behavior therein lies the problem.
Even though the behavior may be counterintuitive it is often a means of exhilaration for one who seems to be ensnared by their own unhappiness, albeit temporary. Impulsivity clashes with and sometimes overpowers internal inhibitors thereby, creating interludes with risky and sometimes thrill-seeking destructive behavior. Add to the mix illegal or controlled substances and you’ve force-multiplied the dangerousness. If inhibitions have taken a back seat daring becomes emboldened and uncaring therefore, immediately becoming a commodity of no consequence.
Idit Shalev from Yale University and Michael Sulkowski from Florida State University discovered “receptor flaws” in the frontal lobe specifically in the prefrontal cortex where executive functions are in charge of decision making and judgment. This means that the brain nucleus located in the decision-making part of the brain takes a detour and looks for the quickest way to receive a reward without much thought or work. Decisions and actions undertaken and not steeped in logic are more times than not regrettable ones.