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Deviant Behavior

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School records show that Hitler was active in the school choir and even took singing lessons. The strong willed father Alois did his best to force Hitler to submit to his will but Hitler remained stubborn and resisted as best as he could. Hitler was sent to Reaschule in Linz (a technical school) where Hitler performed poorly on purpose in order to convince his father to withdraw him from the school. When Hitler was not allowed to achieve the social status that he desired, he chose to rebel against competent authority (in this case his father) and started out on the path of deviance.

As per Merton’s Anomie Theory, Hitler turned into a rebel who works as activists in order to overthrow society. In contrast, the symbolic interactions based theories such as cultural transmission or differential association theories fail to account for Hitler’s deviant behavior at an early age. It may be argued that Hitler was displaying deviant behavior at an early age with the help of his friends such as singing a different national anthem but this was unlike deviance shown by him in the future.

In addition, the conflict perspective theories for deviant behavior apply to Hitler’s case since he saw the Austrian regime as oppressive and inimical to German progress. The conflict between the privileged and the unprivileged further gained credibility in Hitler’s eyes with his early interactions with Jews. The development of the idea that Jews controlled major portions of the economy and manipulated it to their favor further helped to strengthen Hitler’s anti-Semitic ideas. Hitler’s participation in the First World War furthered Hitler’s nationalistic ideas. He saw the war as a major grooming experience for himself (corroborated by his biography).

He also felt that the German Army was invincible on ground but had lost due to backstabbing which he attributed to the civilian government, the Marxists and eventually the Jews. The imposition of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany only served to aggravate Hitler and his nationalistic approach to things. It can also be argued that Hitler was suffering from Narcissist Personality Disorder (NPD) that made him egocentric. Suffering from NPD meant that Hitler felt insecure about personal adequacy, power, prestige and pride.

In order to deal with these portfolios, Hitler developed a personality that was unable to bear criticism. When faced

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  • Pages: 8 (2000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Psychology
  • Level: Masters
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