Inside the Mind of a Killer

On 23rd May, 2013, a killing spree occurred in Isla Vista, California, United States. Starting with a stabbing attack at an apartment, and continuing with a series of drive-by shootings and vehicular attacks near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara.
Elliot Rodger, 22, killed seven people, including himself, and wounded thirteen others.
Elliot Rodger was the son of a Hollywood director and came from an affluent family.

what prompted Rodger to behave like this?

The one word answer would be - ANGER.

Where did his anger come from - The psychological details available online suggest him to be an individual low on self-esteem, extremely sensitive, who couldn't handle rejection.

It appears that he thought the only way to increase his self-esteem would come from gaining attention from women, being highly sexually active, and showing discrimination based on social status, money, race and appearances.

In many of his online writing, Rodger was found stating -

"Full Asian men are disgustingly ugly and white girls would never go for you... You'll never be half-white and you'll never fulfill your dream of marrying a white woman. I suggest you jump off a bridge."

"How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves."

"In his last video he says - Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge against humanity... I'm 22 years old and I'm still a virgin. I've never even kissed a girl. I've been through college for two and a half years, more than that actually, and I'm still a virgin. It has been very torturous. College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. Within those years, I've had to rot in loneliness. It's not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me. I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It's an injustice, a crime, because... I don't know what you don't see in me. I'm the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman."

An analysis of his 140 page "manifesto", which he left behind to as explanation of his actions, gives a deeper insight into the reasons for developing this type of PSYCHOTIC thought process -

1. Parents' divorce - at the age of 7 his parents told him about their decision to divorce. He was shocked, as a few weeks earlier his mother had denied such happening.

2. Admiration for his father getting a girlfriend - He admired his father getting a girlfriend shortly after divorcing his mother. - he thought his father was a superior man, as he had control over woman.

3. Unable to control sexual desires that came with puberty - He envied guys who got attention of girls and felt extremely angry when didn't get the same.

4. He was traumatized by nude images and porn - he couldn't handle watching porn and nude images which his friends would send him. His desire for sex, and altered thought that sex was meant to prove male domination was further substantiated.

5. Unable to handle rejection by Secret Crush - at the age of 13, He was infatuated and had a secret crush on a younger girl. The girl, rejected his advances. This left him marked for life.
Similarly he was rejected by other girls, which gave rise to extreme anger and hatred against women.
He would "stalk" them or follow their facebook profiles and become extremely angry if he saw them being in a relationship or being close friends with another male.

6.His desire to bring "perfectionism" and "righteousness" balance to society - lead him to create an intense desire to get rid of woman. To finish the concept of sexuality. To destroy the concept of love.

7. Jealousy and anger against others, with Constant comparison - he was quoted saying - My orchestration of the Day of Retribution (killing spress) is my attempt to do everything, in my power, to destroy everything I cannot have. All of those beautiful girls I’ve desired so much in my life, but can never have because they despise and loathe me, I will destroy.

MIND MANTRA - The reason for posting this psychological profiling is that there are millions of men and woman who harbour similar degrees of anger in their mind.
- relationship rejections
- religious or moral beliefs of righteousness/perfectionism
- extremely high sexual needs
- jealousy and anger against those who are enjoying life.

India is famous for rapes, acid-attacks and honor-killings that are nothing less than the hideous acts of Elliot Rodger.

Anger can any day turn disastrous.
Recognize what makes you angry and get a cure for it.

written by -

Dr.Hemant Mittal
(Psychiatrist, Motivational Writer and Counselor)

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