Personal Responsibility Essays
December 2, 2013
My Account (Personal Responsibility)
Even though mental health issues can sometimes rob someone of their actions, personal responsibility is holding ourselves accountable for our actions because we control our actions and we control our emotions. We cannot blame anyone else for our actions or emotions, so that when something does or doesn’t go right then the blame or praise is on ourselves.
Personal responsibility is holding ourselves accountable for our actions. We control how we act in a variety of situations. If we were not in control of our actions then we would act inappropriately in various places and situations. For …show more content…
Clark (2007) states, “One of the most controversial and complex questions in criminal law relates to legal sanity, also referred to as criminal responsibility or mental state at the time of the offense.” (p. 1018) Mental health can rob someone of the freedom to choose how to act and control their emotions. At times, we hear a verdict that is read in a trial for someone being charged with murder and other crimes as well. “Not guilty by reason of insanity.” They are basically saying that the person did not know or understand their actions and perhaps emotions, if say, rage made them react the way they did. This is on the extreme side of not controlling actions or emotions. But perhaps something more and more common now a days, is the mental health/disabilities in children and even adults. Attention Deficit Disorder is a common one, and perhaps the easiest to understand. The individual cannot stay focused for