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” According to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality, the superego is the component of personality composed of our internalized ideals that we have acquired from our parents and from society. The superego works to suppress the urges of the id and tries to make the ego behave morally, rather than realistically. Over the years there has been a rapid upsurge in the levels of crime and violence in Jamaica, which can be attributed to an underdeveloped superego among our young people. There have been numerous reported acts of murder, rape, larceny, kidnapping and even incest. These gruesome and inhumane acts are mostly committed by young men, some as young as only 12 years of age. Early social development in an infant’s life is a very integral part of an individual’s long term perspective on life and in most cases where there is a lack of affection in the home, the result is usually one in which the child tends to become very aggressive and extroverted, although not in all cases. This can have a negative influence on the way that these persons hereafter interact with society at large. Psychologists are of the belief that a person’s socialization and social environment shapes their behavioural patterns. The average 18-year-old male in an upper class community is much less likely to become a gunman than a male of the same age living in an inner city community. In this case there is a dramatic disparity between both adolescents. An underdeveloped superego is the main cause of all the bloodshed and the criminality that plague our island. These criminal elements refrain from displaying the norms that society has instilled as practical and have instead chosen to act in such a way as to drive fear and mayhem in the lives of the Jamaican people.