Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Knowing what punishment to mete out is no simple feat. Some forms of punishment may send the wrong message. For example, is it okay to solve problems with more violence? Here are some thoughts on this tough topic.

Getting Punishment Right

The art of disciplining your adolescent.

How Spanking Harms the Brain

Why spanking should be outlawed

Homicidal triad: Predictor of violence or urban myth?

Childhood firesetting, enuresis and cruelty to animals as cultural lore.

Life in a North Korean Death Camp

A View from North Korea.

A Few Words in Favor of Compassion for the Cruel

In choice between cruelty and compassion, beware of false dichotomies.

Ladies and Gentlemen: The U.S. (in)Justice System

The racial bias in criminal justice is undeniable...and devastating.

What Kind of Discipline is Right for Kids?

Kids feel safe when they know their parents are in charge.

Suffering and Insensitivity

A decision-theory approach to our two greatest sources of grief

Crime as a brain disorder

Did his brain make him a killer?

Sexual Murder:

Can we predict who'll kill again?

Empathy for terrorists, bullies and delinquents?

How understanding helps make us all much safer.

Discipline with Babies and Toddlers

Young children who misbehave, cry and too often get mad can feel taxing.

John Grisham's "Irony" that is not so Ironic

The "ironic" statement is dramatically revealing of the criminal mind.

Get Even By Getting Even Happier

While hurt and anger evoke desire to punish, other routes lead to healing.

Accidentally On Purpose

What makes an action seem intentional?

Polanski’s Movie “Carnage” and Personality Types: Part I

Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, and a slice of human nature.

The “Cute Dog Effect” On Sex, Money, and Justice

The hidden sexual, economic, and legal impact of cute dogs.

Learning to Be Present With Yourself

Can you just "be" instead of "doing" all the time?

Spanking Gone Too Far

Preaching the use of “the rod” sparks debate.

Studies of Unconscious Bias Suggest Racism Not Necessarily Perpetrated By Racists

Most racism today is done by those who vow they are not racist.

Murder is Not Entertainment

The pain of survivors.

Trayvon Martin: Post-Racial Dreams and Racial Realities in America

Post-racialism is impossible without social and economic justice.

Diet and Violence

Does diet affect our criminal behavior?

Stop Suffering and Start Living

Our stories keep us from experiencing the present moment.

50 Quotes on Consequences

Everything we do has consequences. Learn from the greats.

Tunnel Vision in the Criminal Justice System

Do cognitive biases increase wrongful convictions?

When in Doubt Open Your Mouth

How to keep your biology from overcoming your morality

Time-out on Steroids

Handcuffed and arrested at six.

Debating the Insanity Defense

What is the role of mental illness in criminal trials?

No Pain, No Gain: Why We Punish Ourselves

The (short-term) psychological benefits of self-punishment.

Are Two Therapists Better Than One?

A cartoon about dreams and good TV.