Essential Reads

K. Ramsland

Predatory Portals: Need and Trust

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
People who intend harm, whether theft or worse, exploit arenas of trust. Classified ads offering romance or mutual interest activities are an easy way to conceal true intentions.

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

How can we balance free speech and student safety?

Delusional or Dissident?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Human Equation
Can hate crimes be fueled by mental illness? Here's what the evidence says.

Science Is Not Just a Matter of Opinion

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 02, 2016 in Saving Normal
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion facts"

More Posts on Law and Crime

Fear and Anger Over the Ohio State Knife Attack

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Anger and fear dominate our responses to acts of terror. How do we channel these feelings to maximize our safety and security?

More About Race and Police Violence

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Pop Psych
When it comes to those killed by police, white officers are not more likely to kill black citizens than black officers; it's actually the reverse.

Inside the Bungled Case That Spawned Sex Offender Registries

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Witness
The 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling riveted the nation and spawned modern sex offender registries. But would these laws have made a difference? A brilliant podcast explores.
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Boys Dressed as Girls Who Became Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers recall being dressed as girls when young, despite being male. It might have had a negative impact.

4 Questions to Ask Before Wearing a Safety Pin

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Considering wearing a safety pin? Make sure to ask these 4 questions to avoid the hidden dangers of wearing the pin!

Serial Killer Groupies and Murderabilia Collectors

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
The public has an insatiable appetite for the sensationalized tales of serial killers. Some people take their obsession to extreme ends.

Further Thoughts About Abuse Causing Criminality

A further look at the conventional wisdom

Nonverbal Cues That Signal Rapport

Nonverbal cues that signal when rapport has been established are often overlooked.

The Worst Problem in American Politics?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How do we deal with the worst problem in US politics? This post has a few research-based suggestions!

5 Verbal Red Flags That Signal Deception

When you're having important conversations, here's how to be mindful of potential deception.

Talking Down Angry Protesters and Hate Crime Perpetrators

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on November 18, 2016 in Just Listen
We have nothing to lose by asking and seeking to understand what lies beneath the anger, and what will make it go away.
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3 Tips to Stay Safe When an Ex Becomes a Stalker

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on November 15, 2016 in The Human Equation
When a stalker is a former lover, the victim must be aware of the psychological blind spots that can increase her risk.

The Drug Enforcement Agency Has the Wrong Priorities

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 15, 2016 in Saving Normal
The DEA should stop over-reacting to the relatively small safety risks of Kratom and pot and stop under-reacting to the daily tragedies caused by the opioid epidemic.
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Serial Killers and Celebrity TV

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A clip of a TV show that features a killer now on trial for four murders brings to mind other murderers who got their 15 minutes of TV fame.

Shaun King’s Timeline

We need to understand what is happening around America right now.

How U.S. Citizens Become Human Trafficking Victims

Many human trafficking victims are not physically held against their will, and some are even allowed to have cell phones and free time. So why don't they escape?

Could Vampires Be Real?

Another psychiatrist describes how a woman stored her own blood to look at it in times of stress, as this calmed her.

America’s Opioid Epidemic

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in Side Effects
In the battle against opioid addiction, court-released documents show drug makers deliberately blocked efforts to curb prescribing.

PsySR Stands with the Standing Rock Sioux

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Dangerous Ideas
The actions of the Standing Rock Sioux offer an inspiring model for everyone who wants a sustainable human future and an end to political-economic oppression.
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A Curious History of Hanging

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Amanda Howard compiles a sordid history of hanging-by-rope, with stories that have visceral punch.

Diagnosing Psychopathy

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Psychopathy is a continuum ranging from those who possess all of the traits and score highly on them to those who have the traits but score lower on them.

The Nobility in Suffering

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in The Hero in You
Cops are destined to bear a lifetime of suffering--an inescapable paradox--but nobody tells them it will be okay.

Psychological Tactics Used by Human Traffickers

Psychological manipulation tactics are critical to traffickers’ success, and coercion, manipulation and psychological abuse are often more powerful weapons than physical violence.

"Mine, Mine, Mine!": The Psychology of Property

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on October 18, 2016 in So Sue Me
"Mine! Mine! Mine!" It is one of the first words that toddlers learn. But where does property come from, and what does it really mean? Scholars, philosophers, and toddlers answer.

Which Candidate Will Make America Safer?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Both candidates promise to make you safer. But which one will actually do so? This articles describes how research shows how candidates mislead our intuitions on this topic.

Clown Scare to Grow Violent, then Subside after Halloween

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in It's Catching
It's likely to get worse before it gets better.

The Hidden Harm Behind Your Dinner

By Christopher Dum Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Exiled in America
Paying for cheap and easy food? There's a true cost, and it's human.

How to Stop Violence in America

There is a solution to stop the violence in America. A solution that is far more central than controlling religious radicalization and gun access. It's all about fear.

Connecting Dots Between The Opioid Epidemic and Philanthropy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 12, 2016 in Saving Normal
The Sackler family earned a fortune promoting the opioid epidemic and should devote their philanthropy to helping the millions of Americans who have been harmed by it.