Another young life cut short. Understanding why bullying and hazardous hazing happen are subsets in understanding crime — what drives a person to inflict hurt on others or kill even? Is there a distinct personality or psyche that distinguishes criminals from non-criminals? Is it nature or nurture?
insidehazing.com provides insight to the phenomenon:
The psychology of hazing involves several elements, which collide within a specific framework and cause “the perfect storm” increasing the likelihood of hazardous hazing events. The conditions of the theory are as follows:
- Human Nature
- Developmental Needs
- Traditions and Initiation Rites
- Personalities and Emotional States
- Dynamics of the Group
- Personality and Style of Adult leader
- Sado-masochistic Paradigm
- Attitudes Toward Authority
- Unconscious Psychological Forces
The ten conditions do occur alone and in combination at other times; however when some or all of the conditions occur as stated, it is more likely that hazing will skid into the hazardous zone.