Can We Stop The Violence At Every Age Here in Tuscaloosa?

When one views the image of a violent adult, it is very hard to dream of the innocent infant they once were. Is there such thing of being born violent? Are there really "bad Seeds" when it comes to human beings? Like many qualities, violence involves an interaction between genetics and the environment. We may not be in a position to alter the DNA that we are born with, however, we can definitely influence how these genes are expressed. With all the factors proven to contribute to violence, we certainly can no  longer say that violent persons are just "born that way." There is much we can do to prevent violence, and hardly anyone at any age is hopeless or beyond help.

You might say that violence is the direct result of a combination of biological, social, and psychological circumstances, particularly those that increase exposure to vulnerability, shame, and humiliation.Preventing violence must involve the opposite; making sure people feel safe, cared for, and connected, while ensuring they also have a healthy and realistic sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Help people of all ages to discover things they can do well and offer authentic praise for those achievements. False praise inflates a person's vanity but does nothing to enhance their real sense of self-worth or self-esteem. However, recognizing persons for their honest accomplishments and true abilities helps them to realize their value. Vanity has been found to contribute to violence.

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