Essential Reads

The Underrecognized Victims of Trafficking: Deaf Women

Human traffickers often target more vulnerable victims who are less inclined to report abuse. One such group includes women who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The Scourge of Selfishness

By Mark Leary Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Toward a Less Egoic World
Figuring out how to reduce selfishness would have big gains for society.

It's Harder to Spot a Psychopath Than You Might Think

The most widely used test to diagnose a psychopath comes under scrutiny in a new analysis of how well psychologists can agree in rating real clinical cases.

Pre-employment Psychological Screening for Cops

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
Can pre-employment psychological screening of police applicants reduce reduce racism, sexism and homophobia? Let's separate fact from fiction.

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Crisis Hostage Negotiation and the Impact of "Control"

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Beyond Words
Find out how hostage negotiators help return a sense of control back to the person they are negotiating with so you can apply it to your work and personal life.

Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of "The Child Finder"

By Jennifer Haupt on September 19, 2017 in One True Thing
"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."

Social Media is the End Result Not the Cause

Garage door openers took away the last vestiges of neighborly contact.

Managing Sexual Harassment and Violence On Campus

Understanding Title IX and Clery is a professional imperative. Learn the procedures to correctly handle sexual assault and violent behavior on campus.

A Psychology of Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A nurse gave patients lethal injections so he could dazzle colleagues by bringing the victims back to life. He may have been driven by "heroic rescue," one of our core motives.

Five Typical Charity Scandals

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Corrupt charities are a fact of life — often including the most sanctified, and sanctimonious, charities and their leaders. Here are some highlights of this tradition.
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Did Trump Create A Moral Panic To Get Elected?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Is it possible for influential individuals or groups to achieve their goals by either creating or exploiting widespread public fear?

"Believe Me"

By Joe Navarro M.A. on August 31, 2017 in Spycatcher
The salesperson says, "Believe me." Should you? Some thoughts from the forensic files.

Are Some Criminals Incapable of Changing?

The issue is not "inability" but choices that an offender makes.
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Birds, Bullets, and a Bad Guy

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A 19th-century German cold case leads to discovery of connection to Robert E. Lee and the true birth of ballistics.

Old-Fashioned and Modern Racism At Play Post-Charlottesville

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Presence of Mind
A social-psychologist explains how white hate groups and some politicians exploit the dynamics of prejudice and how Confederate monuments cause psychological and social harm.

Do Concealed Weapons Keep People Safer?

The thinking goes that everyday citizens who carry handguns will be able to fight back against armed criminals. Is that true?

Domestic Violence: Power and Rank Dynamics

Being unaware of power dynamics, leads many to blame and shame the victims of domestic violence. Understanding these dynamics empowers us to bear loving witness.

10 Ways to Protect Yourself in a Terrorist Attack

Preparing for the next terrorist attack involves not paranoia, but preparedness. Mindful, intentional steps to be proactive, not reactive can protect you and your loved ones.

The One Thing Trump Got Right on Charlottesville

Trump got almost everything wrong, except this one thing

Can You Sue Someone Over a Broken Promise?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on August 18, 2017 in So Sue Me
Have you ever relied on someone's promise, only to be hurt when that promise was broken? Promissory estoppel is the little-known legal doctrine that holds people to their word.
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Professional Suicide

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Even great men with ground-breaking accomplishments can experience circumstances that break their spirit.

Q.E.D.: The Most Dangerous Addiction—Childhood Video Games

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People who attempts mass murders often seem to have been unusually involved in youthful video games, which DSM-5 failed to label "addictive." Is that an oversight?

Psychology Informs Us About Hate Groups

Decades of psychological research helps us better understand hate group behaviors. Learning from much of this research can make the incomprehensible more comprehensible.
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Serial Killers Linked to Jack the Ripper

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Jack the Ripper is in the news, identified as "Devil in the White City" serial killer, H. H. Holmes. But Red Jack has been linked to other serial killers as well.

Does a Person "Break Bad"?

Let's examine the premise of a smash hit entertainment series.
Ellen Kirschman

I'm a Police Psychologist: What was I Doing at San Quentin?

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
I work with cops. Spending a day with prisoners was a new experience.

What Does "Affirmative Consent" Actually Mean?

We have laws to update our "Do Not Call" lists because we don't want to have our privacy violated. So how is it an imposition to make sure people ask erotic partners for consent?

How to Interrogate a Criminal Suspect, a la Dostoyevsky

Law enforcement officers assaulting violent criminals, as Donald Trump suggests they do, is exactly the opposite of the best interrogation techniques for convicting criminals.
K. Ramsland

Games Killers Play

A recent news report about coded letters from serial killer Ian Brady raises hope, but it might be just part of the games these offenders like to play.

Some Mysteries Take the Genre to a New Level

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Literary? Who knows or cares. This mystery novel is delightful and worth reading long into the cold dark night.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.

Why They Let O.J. Out

O.J. Simpson will be released from prison after a parole hearing for his armed robbery conviction. But his self-image and demeanor are identical to when he was tried for murder.
K. Ramsland

Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

With the ongoing investigation of the murdered young men in Pennsylvania, we find social media's support for the natural human inclination to figure it out as soon as possible.

Fear-Based Anger Is the Primary Motive for Violence

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Anger is not a primary emotion. It is a secondary emotion or reaction. Fear or terror is the root of all anger.