Extreme parenting can be linked to criminal psychopathy, psychologists warn.
British psychologist Dr Jeremy Dean says the criminal psychopath is not just born — they are also made. He has resurfaced a study that found total parental neglect or rigidly controlling children can be harmful.
Lead study author, Dr Aina Gullhaugen, said adult psychopaths have been damaged in childhood.
“Without exception, these people have been injured in the company of their caregivers,” Dr Gullhaugen said, according to Psyblog.
“And many of the descriptions made it clear that their later ruthlessness was an attempt to address this damage, but in an inappropriate or bad way,” she added.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology study author said most parenting styles sit “in the middle” between absence of care and a “totally obsessive parent”.