Spartan and Sambian Societies: Psychosocial Development Stifling Emotional Empathy and Supporting Violent Behaviors
Gerald H. Katzman*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2014
First Page: 1
Last Page: 8
Publisher Id: TOPEDJ-8-1
Article History:Received Date: 16/05/2014
Revision Received Date: 18/09/2014
Acceptance Date: 22/09/2014
Electronic publication date: 11/12/2014
Collection year: 2014
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The male children of the ancient Spartans of Greece and the Sambia of New Guinea are exposed to programmed mental maltreatment and physically abusive practices. Through these exposures and societal narratives enforced by coercion and intimidation, aggressive warriors ready to fight to maintain their engrained desire to dominate or fulfill the military goals of the community are produced. Unfortunately, the indoctrination process appears to suppress the capacity for emotional empathy, further facilitating aggressive impulses that are unimpaired due to the lack of orientation to commonly accepted moral values. The implications of the indoctrinations are discussed with suggestions as to what can be done to promote more desirable traits during growth and development.