If you had to kill someone in self defense, do you think it would have a lasting effect on you psychologically?
Yes, I know it would.
Lasting, yes, but not so catastrophic as most. I’ve already dealt with the moral questions.
I’m still not over that time I ran over a squirrel.
That squirrel was not harming you. The other person would be.
I’m not saying I would regret defending myself, just that it would affect me.
How do you know the squirrel wasn’t attempting carjacking?
The squirrel had an extensive rap sheet so I wouldn’t be surprised.
Not in the least!!!
I think taking a life regardless of the reason would have an impact & would definitely require processing & time.
Of course it would. I really don’t understand those here who are saying it would not. I’m gonna guess that it it actually happened to them, their answer would change.
Ask anyone who has killed in combat if it didn’t have a lasting effect on them.
I have a memory problem. 50/50 I would even remember. Another 50/50 if the memory was personal.
Once, I was mugged. I was simultaneously having one of my little breaks. I recall little, except that he ended up pretty well beaten and I had a piercing ripped out. Until this moment, it never even occurred to me to feel bad.
I think I’d handle it better than most.
Nope. Maybe for a month or so, but not after that
Absolutely! It’s why I’d never have been able to serve in the military and keep my sanity. I would have a ton of issues processing that I took a life no matter the circumstances. It’s the knowledge of ending their life and the ripple of how it impacts everyone else who knew them that would bother me
You could always become a cook or an admin clerk...
No, probably not.
I’m 80 years old now. I’ve seen a lot of messed up shit. If someone is going to try to kill me, an eighty year old man, they probably deserved to die.
That's kind of a yeah I know does thing it would have a lasting effect.
I saw a squirrel Get Zapped on a transformer in that image is burned into my memory. Watching any animal or both for that matter being killed will always leave a lasting effect of seeing things on 4chan that I can't unsee.
Earlier, in the news, I saw where a lady rescued a baby koala bear from a burning forest. The bear was burned and crying. I was actually eating. That was almost too much. Broke my heart. They said the bear is doing well, but still. And, yes, even in self defense, it would haunt me to have to kill someone.
I can’t think how it would not, I’ve never killed anyone so of course it would.
I think it would have to have an affect. I'm thankful to have never been confronted with that situation.
Nope, but I'm pretty damaged already so I'm pretty sure I'd be fine.
Of course it would.
It took me a week to get over the worst of watching a kid get hit by a car less than 15 feet away from me (I think she survived). Having to kill someone would definitely traumatize me to some level.
Fuck NO I am not a twinkie.
Not at all. I'd laugh about it afterwards, maybe even carve a notch in my belt.
Bringing you to a grand total of 1. Such a badass, everybody goes silent when you walk in the doors at the biker bar.
One?! I once killed FIDDY men just by picking my nose and flicking it at 'em.
Being affected psychologically after a traumatic event is not an all-or-nothing proposition... it happens in degrees & levels, IMHO. So, "Yes", there would be some lasting psychological effect, not necessarily a debilitating one, and hopefully not a permanent one...
UNLESS, you’re actually looking for a situation where you can take someone out in self-defense, so you can revel in your accomplishment after the fact. Perhaps sociopathy happens in degrees, too?
Great analysis, I agree.
Even though they were all evil and during war, sadly it can stay with you every single day of your life.
Not a negative effect.
Would depend on the circumstances.
How in the hell would I not?
Perhaps not so much from killing a person who deserved it, but from stress associated with dealing with the police and the publicity.
That's a good point. Killing in self defense probably isn't much compared to dealing with the police afterwards. One happens in minutes while the other goes on for months. Depending on where you live you might be charged and put on trial.
Killing is very final. No oopsies, no takebacks. I would always have that nagging uncertainty that maybe he wasn’t a true leftist, but was manipulated by the evil mainstream media.
Hahaha murdering your political opponents! Good one!
It’s not murder if you’re killing your political opponents in self defense. That’s called civil war.