Essential Reads

Mindfulness Is Not Always Positive

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
It's everywhere these days. Mindfulness reduces stress and helps people clear their minds. Can it also reduce thoughts related to criminal behavior?

When Post-Breakup Pursuit Becomes Stalking

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Relational pursuit is part of love stories and romantic comedies, even after a breakup. Unfortunately, glamorous depictions of unrequited love create a false sense of normalcy.

Two Common Myths Around Mass Shootings in America

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Honor Bound
What do you know about mass shootings that might be completely wrong?

Police Need Training to Deal With Mentally Ill Offenders

Police training can benefit both police and individuals with mental illness.

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Mental Illness & Violence

By Rachel Pruchno Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in All in the Family
Often it’s difficult to know who will be responsible for a deadly mass shooting. The train wreck that was Devin Patrick Kelley’s life made it likely that he would be the one.

Severe Mental Illness Does Not Preclude Legal "Sanity"

A mental illness does not necessarily preclude choice.
K. Ramsland

Day Pass for a Psychopath?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Trusting a known killer with a preference for children to be on his own might be a mistake.

Charles Manson: The Cult of Personality Surrounding a Killer

Researchers propose that murderers can be idolized and found attractive precisely because of their homicidal behavior.

How to Spot the Stalker: When Casual Dating is Dangerous

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
How many dates does it take to form a relationship? Stalkers might say one—or none. The distorted lens of unrequited love can be delusional and dangerous.

Testamentary Restraints on Marriage

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on November 16, 2017 in So Sue Me
Many parents have a lot to say about their children's love interests and relationship decisions. Some parents want to have the last word, even after they die.

The Mental Health Impact of 'Blame a Black Man Syndrome'

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Men
Data suggests that black men have high rates of wrongful conviction. This can ruin individual lives, creating fear and mistrust in black communities. This can damage mental health.

Domestic Violence Victims Kept Silent by Trump’s Policies

It's vital to create a safe and supportive environment for a person looking to escape an abusive situation. Our current immigration policies do not create such an environment.

Sexual Assault Is About Power

From Trump to Weinstein: Part 1 of 2-part series on the impact of sexual harassment on mental health.

Mass Public Shootings Are on the Rise

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
There are powerful social forces today that promote mass murder, including financial fears, distrust of government, prejudice and racism, terrorism and constant war.

Are Sexual Predators and Harassers Everywhere? Yes!

Tragically, those with power and control over others will often use their influence to exploit. We all must do our part to make sure they don’t ever get away with it. Are you in?

Seasonal Stalking: How Ex-Lovers Turn Rejection Into Revenge

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Tis the Season. Jilted, persistent paramours and lonely ex-lovers view the holidays as the season to turn rejection into revenge. Recognize when holiday blues become red flags.

Mass Shootings, Compassion Fatigue (or Why I Stopped Caring)

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
How do we not feel helpless, or worse, blame the victims of mass shootings for the violence that killed them? Emotional numbness grows when we lack control. There are solutions.

Are We Environmental Criminals?

Are we—are you—environmental criminals? And how do we feel about it?

Is Psychology Responsible for the Unabomber?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Human Beast
According to the documentary “Manhunt," unethical research by Henry Murray motivated terrorism.

Does Evolutionary Psychology Promote Transphobia?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Homo Consumericus
Do not promulgate “fixed binaries and biological essentialism” lest you might be accused of being transphobic and pro-genocide!
K. Ramsland

Strange Motives for Serial Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Despite stereotypes and overdone plotlines, we still see some unique angles in the motives of some serial killers.

What Does Science Teach Us About Gun Control?

By Alice LoCicero Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Paradigm Shift
What should we do about firearms in the U.S.?

Dead Man Talking: Deceased Killers Reveal Motive for Murder

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Words Matter: In retrospect, mass murderers were in the best position to predict the crime. Threat assessors advise us to both look and listen.

Futile Attempts to Find the "Motive" Underlying Some Crimes

It is necessary to unearth the individual's overall psychological makeup

Professionals Leave but the Abuse and Control Continue

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Invisible Chains
After a domestic violence victim has divorced or separated from an abuser, professionals and family often assume the abuse is "over." However, the intimidation may go on for years.
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What If a Mass-Murderer Has No Motive?

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Why We Blame
What do we do if a terrible event occurs for no reason?
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I Spy With My Little Eye

Who is watching you and why?

"My Thoughts and Prayers Are With You"

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 06, 2017 in Am I Right?
Public condolences may actually be harmful.
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Social Media’s Dark Side Tainted Our Democratic Institutions

By The Research Lab on November 06, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Here's how to fix it. By Robert Quigley and Angeline Close Scheinbaum

The Psychology of Mass Shootings: How to See Red Flags

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Strategically planned mass shootings like Stephen Paddock´s Vegas massacre always have a motive, which will inform future investigations geared to violence prevention.
R. Kruse

Cabin 28, and Other Rural Crimes

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
In time for October's end, a team of writers take on the disturbing crimes that happened in isolated places.

#MeToo and the Long March Toward Women’s Rights

By Susan Hooper on October 31, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
Attacks on girls and women take many forms throughout the world, from outright assault to subtle but insidious messages that females are not and never can be the equal of males.

Mass Murder in the Entertainment Capital of the World

By J. Reid Meloy Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in The Forensic Files
What are the factors which make entertainment venues an attractive target for mass murderers?

Blaming the Victim

By Jean Kazez on October 30, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
In the aftermath of all the recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault, can we talk about how to avoid danger without making the mistake of blaming the victim?