KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 (Bernama) -- Most people who have committed a crime not
only often deny what they did but project a good attitude and character to avoid
punishment, according to a psychologist.
Khairol Anuar Masuan of K&A Applied Psychology Consultancy said that self
denial was common among these people regardless of whether their crime was
serious or not.
"They will not show their bad side but will instead portray a good
personality to fool society. We call this the self denial syndrome," he said
when asked to comment on several instances of people thought highly of found to
be involved in crime.
"The possessor of this personality will repress his bad nature so that it
cannot be seen by exaggerating his good side," he said.
Khairol cited the case of an American woman who killed her own child but up
a big show of innocence.
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He said the a criminal in denial was not the same as a person with a split
"The possessor of the self-denial personality knows of the crime he has
committed. the person with the split personality is not aware of the crime he
has committed," Khairol said.
Psychiatrist Dr Muhammad Muhsin Ahmad Zahari of Universiti Malaya said that
a criminal who denied his action did not necessarily have a split personality.
He said that it was normal for people to deny wrong-doing. "People like to
be praised and will deny anything negative against them. This is human nature,"
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