Dealing with Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can affect anyone of any age or gender. Whether it's physical or psychological, domestic abuse is destructive for both the battered and the batterer. Its tendency to be passed down over generations makes it all the more important that we develop effective methods for combating abuse.

Recent Posts on Domestic Violence

Jodi Arias Update

The Jodi Arias jury deliberations continue.

8 Warning Signs Your Lover is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." How do you know when your romantic partner may be a narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...

Blaming the Victim

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 28, 2015 in Memory Medic
"What did we do to make them hate us so much?"

Intimate Partner Abuse: Walk Away Before the Cycle Starts

We should never live in fear of the people who say they love us.

The Angry Asian Showdown at the Social Media Corral

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on February 23, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
The "Angry Asian Man" (Phil Yu) and "Angry Asian Girl" (Lela Lee) are involved in a dustup that some say has "damaged the Asian-American community." Here's my take on the social media firestorm. My takeaway: depending on social media to connect us is a really, really big mistake. The medium itself is inherently flawed and beyond repair.

Witnessing an Abusive Relationship -- 'Whiplash': the Movie

By Barbara Schildkrout on February 22, 2015 in The Clinical Picture
This psychological review of the film "Whiplash" discusses one of the most powerful but least apparent dynamics in an abusive relationship -- the manipulation of truth. “Whiplash” was nominated for Best Picture 2015. J.K. Simmons won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Escaping Across the Border Through Art

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on February 19, 2015 in Art on Trial
Often, women who are emigrating from Mexico—sometimes illegally—may be doing so to escape from violence and suffering. Sometimes, they escape towards it. This post examines how one art therapist, guest blogger Valentina Castro, uses art to help endure and heal from such pain.

What 50 Shades of Grey Tells Us About Women

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Good Thinking
The phenomenal success of Fifty Shades of Grey is telling something important about the female psyche.

Why Does the Fifty Shades Movie Look Like Domestic Abuse?

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on February 16, 2015 in SexualityToday
In the theater, I realized that the idea of Fifty Shades just being fantasy and therefore innocuous doesn't completely work. Some of the fantasy on-screen struck me as too close to the things people put up with in real life.

The Way We Were?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on February 11, 2015 in The Secular Life
Life was not better when religion was stronger

Domestic Violence: Why I Stayed and Why I Left

By Cathy Scott on February 09, 2015 in Crime, She Writes
Writer tells personal experience and advises those suffering from physical abuse after a victim tells her story on the Grammys

Understanding PTSD, TBI, Suicide and Student Veteran Success

Research shows that the transition from the intensity of military life to a more independent civilian life can be overwhelming. Recognizing and understanding special symptoms supports the important objective of increasing the success of many veteran students on campus. It is important to share this information about the needs of student veterans.

“Je Suis Moath al-Kasasbeh”

By Dr. Kathryn Seifert on February 07, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
ISIS and other terrorist groups enraged the world with their actions. Fighting terrorists with lethal weapons will be part of, but not the entire answer. Examining the roots of terrorism will lead the world to ideas about prevention.

Broken Heart Syndrome

Examining the physics of broken heart syndrome

NFL Message: Just Go Punch Someone

By Stanton Peele on February 02, 2015 in Addiction in Society
The NFL wants players to eschew unjustified, irrational, emotionally-driven violence—except if they feel like hitting people.

NO MORE: 7 Lessons from the Inside

By Mitch Abrams Psy.D. on February 01, 2015 in Sports Transgressions
With the long overdue awareness of dating and sexual violence finally being raised with No More public service announcements and greater media attention in general, this offers some recommendations to help prevention really hit its mark.

School Shooters: There Is No Sound Bite

By Peter Langman Ph.D. on January 31, 2015 in Keeping Kids Safe
My new book summarizes research on forty-eight school shooters, going beyond sound bites to a more in-depth analysis of the lives and minds of the perpetrators.

James Holmes: A Psychiatric Analysis

Is James Holmes a victim of insanity or a calculating killer?

How Do You Feel About Mondays? 4 Upsides to Work

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on January 26, 2015 in The Web of Violence
Popular culture often talks about the downside of work, but workplaces are where many of us find important sources of self-esteem, validation, and support.


Language has been described as one of humans' most important evolutionary advances. We will explore language with specific reference to individual development and its relationship to affects and cognition.

Life is Too Short to Deal with A-Holes

Everyone can be a jerk sometimes, but what about those who are committed A-holes? We’ve all encountered one and they can make our lives temporarily miserable. Early recognition is the key to coping with and kicking these selfish jerks to the curb.

How Caring for Community Helps the Caregivers Too

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on January 18, 2015 in The Web of Violence
It is a little-known secret that caregivers, volunteers & activists benefit as much, if not more, than the people they are helping.

Ten Things You Need to Know about Campus Sexual Assault

Sexaul assault on campus is common--far more common than many people imagine.

Nonemployed Men vs. Women: Social Media Misses the Point

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on January 11, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
A recent NYT time-use article about nonemployed men and women was shared by many people in my feed. Most people used it to reinforce snap judgments, stereotypes and preconceived notions about men and women – specifically that men are self-centered and lazy, and women are selfless and hardworking. Here’s why that’s insulting and inaccurate.

Keeping Jealousy to Yourself

By Peter Toohey on January 11, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
Can you keep jealousy to yourself? Or is it acted out, publicly, like a madman or a fool?

What’s Good about Equality?

Whenever we apply macro analyses to individuals, we deal in stereotypes. When we reduce others to stereotypes we become one ourselves.

A 911 New Year's Call That Foretold A Murder Is Revisited

By Cathy Scott on December 31, 2014 in Crime, She Writes
Police reaction to a 911 call nearly five years before Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered is a classic example of what not to do when domestic violence is suspected.

The 2014 Best & Worst Sex List

These are the 25 most inspiring, incredible, disturbing, and admirable news stories about sex and sexuality in 2014, as selected by Alexandra Katehakis and Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles for their annual Best & Worst Sex List. Each story is accompanied by in-depth commentary from a therapeutic perspective addressing why all this matters at this time in our culture.

America’s Affluent Teen Crisis

By Linda Esposito LCSW on December 09, 2014 in From Anxiety to Zen
Before crying, "Poor little rich kid," ask yourself if you're contributing to Generation Stressed...

Fear of Success Masquerading as Fear of Failure

By David M. Allen M.D. on December 08, 2014 in A Matter of Personality
People often justify their lack of effort at achieving a desired goal to a fear of failure - as if failure by never making an effort is somehow less of a failure than trying and failing. Why would anyone assume failure before even making an effort? Often, the "fear of failure" is really a fear of success. Their successes may often provoke severe family dysfunction.