Warning Signs Of A Child With A Criminal Mind, A Psychiatrist Reveals

November 8, 2019 Off By Dennis Rhodes


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It is quite reasonable for a very young child to have an attitude. The whole thing is called the rebellion phase. It is during this phase wherein the child contradicts your rules and will reason out with you. But when this behavior becomes consistent and is already causing troubles within your home, it should not be taken for granted.

Several factors can affect a child’s behavior and even his outlook on life. Thus, parents should be cautious about what they say and how they act around and to their children. Little acts may be traumatic, and a child can develop mental health issues like a psychotic break or manifest a criminal mind. He can also develop obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD which is “a mental health disorder consisting of obsessions (unwanted, intrusive, distressing thoughts) and/or compulsions (repetitive behaviors or actions in order to eliminate the distress surrounding the obsession) according to Amanda Petrik, LCPC, RPT-S.

The common factors to this kind of behavior are as follows: being exposed to a criminal environment, being bullied in school, poor self-perception and more. It is vital that you know the red flags of a child with criminal instincts. Some of these warning signs were stated by Dr. Dennis Embry of the Paxis Institute published by CNN.


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 Brain Development

Professionals believe that having an underdeveloped brain, like the prefrontal cortex and amygdala, can lead someone to develop criminal instincts.


Outbursts Of Anger

A child having extreme anger problems is also a sign. This anger is in the form of outbursts that vary from time to time. According to Michelle Roya Rad, MA, PsyD, “When anger happens, it is the amygdala that is experiencing it, which is a small structure within the limbic system. The limbic system is the center of the emotional brain and is in the lower area of the brain and is considered more primitive.”


Acts Of Defiance

Being unreasonably defiant is indeed abnormal. Once taken for granted, the child can have mental and emotional problems. It can be a result of unexpressed anger. Based on the findings of Kathryn Moore, PsyD, “Depression and anxiety are examples of unexpressed anger because anger turned inward often results in self-hatred.”


No Concept Of Fear

Kids who are entirely not afraid of a danger potentially have this criminal streak in them. Violent criminals, according to studies, have difficulty in determining a possible hazard that is why they have the guts to do something so fatal and drastic.


No Empathy Towards Others

Being inconsiderate of other’s feelings may lead to not caring for other people. Children with such behavior can adopt this and will do harmful things because they are unable to identify the act of hurting others.


Violent Towards Peers

Many studies revealed that being violent is a sure indicator that a child has mental health issues. Once this problem is brushed off by the parents, it can elevate into much higher aggression which can potentially lead to criminal doings.


Violence Towards Animals

Kids with the said indicators are found to be violent towards animals. Since they have no remorse for doing bad things to other people, it is then expected that they do the same with animals.


History Of Being Bullied

A child that is being bullied will develop low self-esteem, low self-perception, and low social skills. They also have this suppressed anger on the kids who bullied them. Once this anger is untreated, it can develop into a more profound emotional pain which can lead one into an uncontrollable rage coupled with a psychiatric problem.


Unable To Communicate

According to studies, people with this issue have difficulty when it comes to communicating. They have speech disorders and usually get messages wrong.


Social Withdrawal And Depression

Depression is a silent killer. Kids with this condition can hurt themselves and the people around them. Randy Withers, LPC said “Depression can be uncomfortable and frustrating, but if left untreated can also be dangerous.”


Fascination With Weapons

Weapons like guns, knives, bombs and the likes are the standard tools used by criminals when they break the law. Thus, kids being obsessed with them are inclined to use the real ones when given a chance.


Interest With Fire

Getting interested in a fire, how it starts and spreads – for no reason – is indeed alarming. Such will give your child an idea of how to use it that can hurt other people.



Bedwetting means that your child has experienced something traumatic. Once this trauma is not dealt with, it can lead to that aggressive feeling of committing a crime.


Making Threats

Making severe threats is not healthy for a child. You need to take it seriously, or else the child will have that thinking that it is okay to threaten anyone and maybe do it one day for real.


Pathological Lying

Consistent lying is usually linked to psychiatric disorders, and these mental health issues are present in people who have done something heinous. Thus, if your child is fond of telling lies, it is best to get to the bottom of it fast.


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Getting Help

Once you cannot control your child anymore and you have sought professional help from a psychiatrist, then you know that your child is in big trouble. In cases like this, you need to listen carefully to what your doctor has to say to help your child get out of the “potential criminal” situation.

Having criminal indicators is indeed alarming. That’s why it is best that you address this issue head-on and get professional help for your child at once. It will not only save your child but others as well.