Katzman’s research finds that a lack of coaching on what good behavior is, combined with an authoritarian culture and repressed emotions, can steer otherwise well-adjusted children on a pathway to hate.
“It begins with abuse or neglect in the early years followed by the internalization of false narratives,” Katzman said. “These false narratives provide the target onto which the repressed emotions are projected and subsequently violently expressed.”
Katzman’s motivation for writing the papers is his concern regarding the teaching of hatred to children in many societies, thus compromising their psychosocial and cognitive development. Katzman studied the likes of Alice Miller and social thinker Lloyd DeMause, and drew his findings from those studies as well as his first-hand interaction with children in their early developmental stages over the course of his decades-long career in the field.
Katzman believes that, regardless of someone’s parents having good jobs in a middle-class upbringing, that doesn’t necessarily stop one from being influenced to hate. Katzman postulates on what happens in an individual’s development stages that can lead them to that hate.
“What happens is they’re susceptible to indoctrination, because they haven’t gotten a coaching on what good behavior is and they haven’t gotten any secondary gain from doing good things for other people,” he said.