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German psychologist proposes to suspect anyone who does not have Facebook
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German psychologist Christoph Moller drew attention to the fact that the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik and the 24-year-old James Holmes, who recently arranged the shooting of spectators in the cinema of the American city Aurora, did not have a Facebook account.
Based on this fact, the expert builds a whole theory about the personalities of maniacs, who were marked by massacres in different countries, reports HAKER.ru with reference to the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
According to Möller, the lack of a Facebook profile can be a primary sign that suggests the asocial nature of a person’s personality. In the future, perhaps such observations will help detect potential criminals before they have committed a crime.
The German newspaper recalls in this regard,that employers often also pre-screen candidates for their positions, paying attention to the information that a person publishes on a social network.
If he does not have a profile at all, such candidates are not even considered. It is believed that such a person either hides something, or simply has no friends, that is, is social.
Unclear what's worse
Until now, we note, more often it was reported about psychologists who suggested searching for maniacs inside social networks, and not outside of them, and also warned that the social internet media passion increases the risk of committing uncontrolled actions (see links below the article).
For example, a Canadian psychologist Soraya Mehdizadeh from the University of York (Ontario) a few years ago experimentally discovered that fans of the social networking site Facebook are characterized by low self-esteem and a penchant for self-love. The researcher explains the results obtained by the fact that Facebook gives non-self-confident people the opportunity to make new acquaintances easily and gives them space for self-affirmation.
Renowned British scientist Baroness Susan Greenfield is confident that people hooked on Facebook or Twitter noticeably reduced concentration, but increased the need for immediate assessment and lost many non-verbal skills - such as the ability to look into the eyes during a conversation. All this is a sign of a “crisis of identity” - this term in psychology denotes the loss by a person or a social group of an idea of its place in society and its intrinsic value.
While we are thinking about this issue, the virtual "friendship" and computer games are gradually rebuilding the human brain, warns the academic baroness, who is a professor at Oxford University, an authoritative expert in psychology, neurobiology and pharmacology, as well as a famous writer and member of the House of Lords.
Danish psychologist Anders Kolding-Jørgensen also believes that teenagers lose social skills because of their passion for computers. In his opinion, communication using the so-called social networks is similar to the excessive consumption of Coca-Cola. "Facebook and Twitter cheat on the brain, forcing him to believeas if electronic communication meets the social needs of schoolchildren, - Kolding-Jorgensen and his colleagues from the National Institute of Public Health of Denmark recently arrived at this conclusion. - However, the body knows that it is sitting on a chair, it does not feel the sign language, does not feel the closeness and smell of other people. It's like drinking Coca-Cola, imagining that enough nutrients and vitamins are getting into the body. ”
The term "identity crisis" appeared in science relatively recently - in the second half of the last century. The famous American psychologist Eric Homburger Erickson introduced him into scientific use during his research on "military neuroses" among submariners. The crisis manifests itself as a discrepancy between the existing social status of a person or a social group and the requirements of the changed situation. The main indicator is the inability to accept a new role, which is prescribed by external circumstances, or, by accepting it, adapting to it. Among the signs most characteristic of this state, psychologists call: inadequate self-esteem, loss of perspectives, an increase in pessimism,a change in social activity, the emergence of uncompromising judgments and socially aggressive behavior, an increased interest in metaphysical and irrational problems, etc.
To judge whether social networks contribute to the development of a crisis of identity, or, conversely, they help to overcome it, it’s likely that it’s just too early - just like, for example, there is still no definitive answer to the question of the possible health risks for mobile phones and other gadgets. Everything comes up against the absence of reliable medical statistics, and to gather it, according to experts, it will take about fifty years, and even better, a hundred.
Therefore, one must assume that the scientists are right in believing that the current generation of psychiatrists is not fully capable of helping people solve psychological problems related to the Internet.