I’ve heard people who are into pop-psychology make the claim that criminals behave the way they do because they have very low self-esteem. I find this incredibly hard to believe, though. From what I’ve seen, not only are guys who have low self-esteem not criminals, but many of the go out of their way to help others, such as being involved with charities and the like. They seem as different as night and day.
Where did this idea that all criminals suffer from low self-esteem originate? Are there any studies that support this statement?? If not, why do so many people believe this ‘fact’???