Ep. 189 - The Doctor Is In Series - Neurons That Fire Together Wire Together


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Welcome to the Social-Engineer Podcast: The Doctor Is In Series – where we will discuss understandings and developments in the field of psychology.

In today’s episode, Chris and Abbie are discussing: Natural born killers, or monsters in the making?

We are all curious about the origins of evil and violence. We see a story on the news and ask ourselves, how could anyone do that? So, let’s dive into how. We are not going to cover specific cases and talk about specific serial killers, because you lose the science and we “celebritize” serial killers. [Dec 05, 2022]

00:00 – Intro

00:19 – Dr. Abbie Maroño Intro

00:52 – Intro Links

03:37 – The topic of the day: Natural born killers, or monsters in the making?

04:48 – Born this way?

08:25 – The "X" Factor

10:11 – Self-soothing

13:18 – The importance of Anxiety

14:34 – Made by the military

15:23 – You can't pick and choose

18:18 – Gag reflex

19:50 – Who's to blame?

20:59 – The "Criminal Gene" fallacy

24:39 – A happy ending

26:50 – “This isn't set in stone”

29:31 – Silver Linings

31:13 – “It's a bit of both”

32:02 – Misguided markers

35:42 – Is there prevention?

39:05 – Minority Report

41:18 – An unsupportive system

42:34 – Touch is vital!

45:26 – An interesting (NOT FUN!) quote

46:27 – Wrap Up

47:07 – The request lines are open!

47:35 – Outro

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