posted on Dec, 16 2012 @ 12:01 PM
Originally posted by grandmakdw
There is a lot of speculation on what caused the shooter to explode like that. As a former professor of Psychology and of Human Development I have a
The shooter was autistic/aspergers. These people have extremely poor social skills and emotionally frequently operate at a very low (ie young child)
level. Children can not tell the difference between reality and fantasy until around the ages of 6-8, about the time they catch on that Santa isn't
real. My hypothesis is the shooter's emotional intelligence was below that threshold.
Many have said he spent most of his time playing video games. We know that if you immerse soldiers in realistic video games they will perform with
less remorse and feeling on the battlefield, there is plenty of research to back that up.
So this man was emotionally crippled and most likely below the emotional level of understanding the difference between immersive fantasy and reality.
Add to that video games which lower the threshold of understanding and feeling even lower and WHAM. You have a person who when the right "trigger"
comes along acts out the fantasies he has been engaging in day after day, hour after hour, without really realizing the difference between fantasy and
the reality of what he is doing. He just acts automatically as the games have trained him to do with no empathy or understanding that the children
were people with feelings which he didn't have and so could not relate to.
His mother had the "fantasy" guns available, there was a trigger and he went to a place where he knew there would be a lot of targets and played his
game to act out his triggered rage. That's my hypothesis.
As a professor, going off only what the media have said and not actual facts is bad practise.
How about you hold off until you know something solid, rather than making the same old baseless guesses that I could pull out of my ass with my eyes
I'm guessing you don't have kids/teenagers, and if you do, you either don't allow them to play video games, or you don't pay attention to what
Why do I think this? Because as a gamer of 21 years, I think I've gathered by now that not all video games are shooters or even violent, disturbing.
You should know, as a professor of Psychology, that it's not just
about the media that someone is exposed to, but their disposition, their
mental acuity, their state of mind. A 'normal' mind isn't bent and manipulated by a game.
There is usually already some kind of deeper issue that is awakened by things they simulate outside of reality.
I game sometimes more than 20 hours a week. I'm not far off the shooters age myself.
Every time there is a shooter that guns down numerous others, I could say that the hobbies and pleasures that the shooter enjoyed are my own. It still
doesn't make me a murderer in the making.