Making Sense of Senseless Killing

Making Sense of Senseless Killing

In the wake of another mass school shooting, we look to the past for clues and to trauma experts for solace.

Suicide by homicide: Accepting the reality of mental illness

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H.
Outpatient involuntary treatment needs to be considered.

Scapegoating, Stereotyping, & Projecting Won’t Make Us Safe

By David Bedrick J.D., Dipl. PW
Reflections on Connecticut horror and trauma

Monday Memo for Dealing with Grief after Mass Shooting

By Kimberly Key
Tips for Managing Grief at Work and at Home

No Satisfactory Explanation, Ever, for Connecticut Slayings

By Marietta McCarty
Three seemingly paradoxical perspectives to hold in mind and heart

The Sacrosanct Second Amendment

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D.
Safety is a gun under the bed?

Letting Go

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D.
The first school day after Newtown

Creating psychological safety after a tragedy

By Camille S. Johnson Ph.D.
Generating psychological distance brings psychological safety.

How do You Explain the Inexplicable?

By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann MS, LPC
A small town tragedy and the aftershock that swept the nation.

Wake-Up America, The Curse is Killing Your Kids

By Frank Farley Ph.D.
School shootings and many gun homicides can be prevented, someday, a proposal

Weaponization of Popular Culture and Islands of Moral Insanity

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D.
A New Guide for the Morally Perplexed

Newtow Connecticut: Reflections on Sorrow

By Adrian Preda M.D.
A time of sorrow, a time of reflection

Extreme Embitterment: The Anger Epidemic Rages Eastward

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D.
Even progress has its dark side, its negative shadow.

The Healing Arts After a Crisis: 7 Essential Practices

By Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
Just how do we help those who survive mass violence?

Not just about guns, not just about mental illness

By Elana Premack Sandler L.C.S.W., M.P.H
Reflections on the tragedy in Newtown

Can We Stop Confusing IQ With Intelligence?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D.
“Life smarts” is very different from book knowledge

Running Amok: Why Are Virtually All Spree Killers Men?

By Michael Mills Ph.D.
An evolutionary psychology perspective: why virtually all spree killers are men.

We Struggle With Objectivity: The Bias Blind Spot

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D.
A Peaceful Future Requires a Lack of Zealousness

Emotional Story-Telling after Stressful Experiences: A Way to Find Meaning

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Can writing memoirs transform the meaning of trauma?

Loss, Grief and the Way Out

By Ravi Chandra M.D.
Reflections of a Buddhist Psychiatrist in the wake of the Connecticut Massacre

Violence, Mental Illness and Stigma

By Ruth C. White Ph.D.
Challenging popular ideas about people who have a mental illness.

How to Manage Traumatic Reactions to Disasters

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
When disaster strikes, people need psychological first aid

The Massacre At Sandy Hook Elementary School

By Peter Langman Ph.D.
Does the attack by Adam Lanza resemble other school shootings or is it unique?

Opening Up When Tragedy Strikes: Are You Sure It’s a Good Thing?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
The myths about coping

Can We Profile Shooting Spree Killers?

By Stanton Peele
We can't profile our way out of mass murders.

Good Grief: Coping After Loss

By Lybi Ma

Recovering from losing a loved one is an individual matter.

Violence and Shame: The Attack Other Response

By Mary C Lamia Ph.D.
When humans lose their reluctance to threaten and injure others.

Why Kids Kill Parents

By Kathleen M. Heide

Who Shoots Children?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D.
Deadly Connecticut shooting at elementary school reflects other incidents.

Upon the Murder of 20 Children and 6 Adults in Connecticut

By David Bedrick J.D., Dipl. PW
A Challenge to Our Collective Innocence

Anger, Rage and Pathological Embitterment: What Motivates Mass Murders?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D.
What motivated the two recent California massacres?

How Can We Treat Traumatized Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D.
Treating children for traumatic experiences can prevent later problems.

What We Have Learned About Rampage Killings

By Nigel Barber Ph.D.
What makes a rampage killer tick?

The Science of Social Engineering can help with Gun Violence

By Thomas G. Plante Ph.D., ABPP
Use the best public health and behavioral science to keep the public safe.