Interesting facts - the theory of broken windows

The theory is based on the following observation: if a building has broken windows that are not rapidly restored, the building will swiftly develop more broken windows, eventually becoming entirely vandalized.

An article in the Atlantic Monthly in March 1982 sparked the hypothesis of broken windows. One of the findings of these tests is that if issues are solved when they are still mild, they will not worsen. If you repair a broken glass, the others will not be shattered, and if you collect waste as soon as it appears, there will be no garbage bags put on the sidewalks.


The idea goes on to claim that in an untidy environment when what is considered moral, ethical, or legal does not appear to be respected, man tends to act immorally and unlawfully.

Clean clothing is a source of human health, trust, and dignity first and foremost, yet social inequality is on the rise. Unfortunately, many children from low-income families do not have access to clean clothing.

According to this theory, disorder, criminality, and apathy toward abhorrent conduct generate the impression that the law does not exist in a societal setting. Anyone can do anything when there is no law or when the law is disregarded. The way we see the world around us has an impact on our conduct and can change our perceptions of what is moral, lawful, valid, and acceptable.

Misery attracts more mischief. Corruption breeds more corruption. People tend to behave according to the context in which they act, according to an intriguing theory from the field of Experimental Psychology. 

As a result, the message is conveyed that any seemingly trivial deterioration of the public space, or, in a broader sense, of a situation, of a community, if not addressed, will lead to an increasingly obvious degradation, unable to restore, generating a vicious spiral.

The inverse is also true in such a case. A reality in which the processes of law and order perform even better and more efficiently. The way people see reality explains a lot of their behavior. And behavioral typologies are contagious in both a positive and negative meaning.


A group of researchers from the Netherlands conducted a series of tests, the findings of which were published in the journal Science (November 2008).

The first experiment was conducted on two distinct alleys in a bicycle parking area. The walls of one alley were covered in graffiti, while the walls of the other alley were newly painted. Advertising materials for a non-existent store were placed on the bikes. There were no garbage cans in the vicinity. Only 33% of individuals in the freshly painted area threw the advertising material on foot, compared to 69 percent of those who had their bikes in the graffiti area.

Another experiment looked at how man’s tendency to steal increases when he is in a more natural setting. A $6 envelope was put in a mailbox with the amount printed on it. 13 percent of passers-by took the money after the box was cleaned and the atmosphere around it was made civilized. When the money box was covered with graffiti, 27% of the people stole it. When the box was clean but the garbage was thrown out in its designated area, 25% of individuals who passed by it put the envelope in their pocket.

The broken window theory originated in scenarios involving crime and theft, but it can be applied to a wide range of situations, including everyday life. If no control mechanism intervenes, whether within or outside, falsehood leads to a chain of increasingly complicated lies, a neglected conflict leads to other conflicts, and a misunderstanding between two individuals might lead to escalating violence.

In the social environment, poor, abandoned areas, for example, become popular haunts for criminals, and people living in deplorable conditions, abandoned by society, fall even deeper into a sad existence in the absence of empathy, morals, and responsibility.

According to psychologists, simple gestures might have a greater impact than drastic measures/punishments about one reality or another.

What is the relationship between “broken window theory” and how the human brain makes decisions?

According to legend, space has a psychological effect on the brain. If the environment is messy, if there is no cleaning, if people throw all kinds of trash on the floor rather than in the trash, if various structures are abandoned or left in disrepair, and so on, such images (perceptions of such decoration) become habitual, the brain loses control over our reactions.

The broken window theory provides solutions to difficulties in any subject. Reality produces behaviors, and those that disrupt normalcy must be sanctioned and destroyed on a continuous, decisive, tenacious, conscious, and zero-tolerance basis.

If one “window” is shattered and not repaired, one can only picture what would happen to the remaining “windows.” Mental patterns work in all situations, as evidenced by reality.

If we also consider the reality, the aspect of localities, urban spaces, which are often engulfed in misery, especially in the periphery, the behavior of some people who are oblivious to any common sense rule, crimes, corruption, the way institutions work, citizens’ relationships, and so on.

This hypothesis demonstrates how much a poor environment may influence and affect us. A clear mind is always the answer, and getting one is not as difficult as you might believe. Neurofeedback could be the answer. Quantum Medical equipment was created specifically to assist with this.

Electrical impulses, commonly known as brainwaves, are how our brain cells interact. Trauma can disrupt normal brainwave patterns, causing patients to become stuck in undesirable biological activity and behavioral patterns. Neurofeedback can aid in the development of better patterns and reactions in the brain, a process known as neuroplasticity.

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