Marissa Alexander

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Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years for firing warning shots. She felt her life was in danger and she did this for self defense. Her husband was very abusive and threatened to kill her. The psychoanalytical perspective focuses on her unconscious fears and her motives for her thoughts and the behavior of her firing a gun in the air to warn her husband. The cognitive perspectives of she stored the information that he said in the past and at that present time and how it changed her feeling towards her husband and the belief that firing the warning shots would stop him. The Humanistic perspectives shows that she chose to warn her husband giving him a chance to stop because she didn’t want to kill him. In the sociocultural with social interactions we see that many African American people are sentenced quicker for self defense. She choose to just fire warning shots not to be sentenced for murder in self defense.

I predict that with this case it will raise a lot of controversy due to the Trayvon and Zimmerman case ending in a not guilty unanimous decision that took two days, when hers took all of 12 minutes for a guilty verdict. It is no guarantee that she will be acquitted of the crime but it a start somewhere.

Changing the behavior that with the behavioral perspective she will be rewarded freedom or continue the 20 year sentence. If she is freed her Humanistic perspective will not be going back to her husband.( My…...

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