Gilligan Germ Theory

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Register to read the introduction… Gilligan finds that humiliation is the primary cause of violence. When Gilligan asked prison inmates "why they had assaulted someone, that it was because ‘he disrespected me…’" (Gilligan, 1997, 105) Violent men’s shame only leads to more shame; they begin to feel ashamed over trivial things and shameful that they feel shame. Through shame they begin to believe that acts of violence are their only way to diminish the sickly feeling and low self-esteem. Gilligan states that "In prisons, the more violent people are, the more harshly the prison authorities punish them; and, the more harshly they are punished, the more violent they become," (Gilligan, 1997, 106) causing a vicious cycle. The degree to which shame is experienced is so severe that is causes a loss of the emotional ability to repress violent feelings. Criminals "…lack of guilt feelings, even over the most atrocious of crimes, is one of their most prominent characteristics." (Gilligan, 1997, …show more content…
Movies seem to support the idea that males act more physically aggressive than woman, and also seem to support the epidemiology of violence found by Gilligan, Gabarino, such as abuse, feelings of shame, guilt.

My first example is a movie titled "The Good Son" based on Stephen King’s novel. The main character in the movie is a child in a white, middle-upper class family that lives in a rural town in Maine. He is constantly feeling inferior to his cousin who is his age and is admired, adored, and viewed as perfect by the main characters family, which has recently joined. His shame and inferiority causes him to act aggressively towards small animals at first, such as cats, but eventually leads to an attempted homicide. In this case the main character seems to have suffered from an insecure attachment with parents after his cousin was introduced to the family. The shame built upon him, therefore causing him to act violent. His violence grew in intensity, and occurrence, as he became desensitized from his feelings leading to an attempted murder, which ultimately led to his suicide. Garbarino would say that this is an accurate account of how young middle-class boys become violent though "They may come from what appears to be a ‘good family’ from the right side of the tracks…" (Garbarino,

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