Applying psychology to imprisonment

Applying psychology to imprisonment – theory and practice – Edited by Barry J McGurk, David M Thornton and Mark Williams.

pg 30 statement of theory

“Briefly and concisely, the theory tries to explain the occurrence of socialised behaviour  suggesting that anti – social behaviour, being obviously egocentric and orientated towards immediate gratification, needs no explanation. It is suggested that the socialisation process is essentially mediated by pavlovian conditioning, in the sense that anti social behaviour will be punished by parents, teachers, peers etc., and that such or execution of such behaviour constitutes the unconditioned stimulus.”


If our moral behaviour all relies on good and bad and what punishment we would receive for bad behaviour, society never really evolves it just grows abiding by law. Not o the extreme version of bad behaviour such as murder etc.. all that is standard common sense of knowledge that it is bad behaviour. But the ever so less how one should act in society, should one refrain from being oneself just so we fit in with a social setting. What if the social environment was then to thrive on good and bad behaviour indulging in the sins for all to see who is then to say what moral standards we should abide by. If  majority ideas are the ones we evolve our society on  then its time to change majorities perception on social environments and behaviour within them.


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