A typical homicide, which is when an individual unlawfully kills another individual, are not like the murders that you see depicted on TV.
Rarely, are murders premeditated, planned out, and strategically executed.
Instead, what typically happens is, most homicides began as a fight over trivial matters between 2 men.
For example, one man disrespects another man by either insulting him or by flirting with the man’s girlfriend.
As a result, a fight escalates and usually neither person is willing to back down.
Eventually, the fight becomes violent and one of the men ends up dead.
The question then is, why do they do this? Why doesn’t one of the men just logically think of the consequences and back down?
Well it’s because of how strong our human nature can be in relation to our ability to make our own decisions (free will).
According to evolutionary psychology, women preferred to mate with men of high status. A man’s reputation is directly correlated to his reproductive success.
Men have therefore evolved to be highly and unconsciously motivated to protect their reputation, even when it goes to extreme lengths, such as committing homicide.
This is why men will fight to the death because neither man is willing to back down because of their unconscious motive to want to protect their reputation.
In the book “Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters,” Alan Miller says,
“Incidentally, this is why many evolutionary psychologists believe that the death penalty does not deter murder. The logic of the death penalty assumes that most murders are premeditated.”
As humans, sometimes willpower just isn’t strong enough to overcome our natural tendencies to act irrational.
This is also true when it comes to our natural tendencies to be lazy, fearful, or to feel unhappy.
Unfortunately, these natural biases in the brain are extremely difficult to overcome, and most people will never overcome them. But indeed, we must overcome them in order to be logical, productive, happy, and successful.