Violence as a product of a person’s environment

imageViolent behavior and the use of violence is a product of a person’s environment. People who are constantly exposed to violence start to become conditioned to it. In return they become violent themselves. As stated in the article Bad to the Bone: Are Humans Naturally Aggressive? , “Humans who live through real childhood trauma and social stress are highly violent and have trouble controlling their behaviors as adults”. This statement validates the idea that violence is a product of one’s environment. Because humans experience highly violent and stressful situations as a child, they grow up to mirror that violent behavior as an adult. In addition to violence, unstable environments can lead to crime as well. The article Nature, Nurture and Violence “But crime statistics seem to indicate that communities that lack stable family units produce more crime- particularly violent crime”. An unstable family unit is unable to provide their child with moral teaching. If a person is not taught the difference between right and wrong, they are set up for a criminal future. Again, criminal actions point back to product of one’s environment.


It is often thought that violence is biological and that humans are violent by nature. However, that idea is refuted in the article The Evolution of Human Aggression. The text states “Evolution didn’t shape us to be violent, or peaceful, it shaped us to respond flexibly, adaptively, to different circumstances, and to risk violence when it made adaptive sense to do so”. Violence is not the “go to” action/reaction of humans. Humans are not naturally violent. Violence is only brought out when it makes “adaptive” sense to do so. When violence seen as necessary depends on the person. Depending the environment where the person was raised, they may see the need for violence more often than others.

The image (above) visually displays the concept of violence as a product of one’s environment. Violence truly does lead to violence. As stated in  The Evolution of Human Aggression “Violence comes down to the complexity of the emotion driving it”. If a person is constantly experiencing violence, they will use violence in return because of the angry, revengeful feelings that have built up inside of them.

~ Lauryn W.