Essential Reads

Invest in Research to Understand Gun Violence

We must invest in research about gun violence to answer key questions. What motivates people to acquire guns? What groups and subgroups are at greater risk of being victimized?

Senseless Killing and the Need to Know Why

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 04, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
Thoughts and research regarding the motivation for cruel, senseless crimes.

In Cyberspace, We Are All Open Books

By Susan Hooper on September 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I miss the days when privacy could be protected with locked doors, locked filing cabinets, and maybe a bank safe deposit box. Cyberspace has made those protections obsolete.

The Underrecognized Victims of Trafficking: Deaf Women

Human traffickers often target more vulnerable victims who are less inclined to report abuse. One such group includes women who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

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The Sexual Confessional from Hollywood

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 16, 2017 in Minority Report
The Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal is a very public reminder of a very private and shameful experience for victims of sexual abuse/harassment. But this abuse happens everywhere.

Sexual Harassment at Work: Why Bystanders Fail to Intervene

"If you see something say something" applies in the workplace to more than threat assessment. It should govern the way we approach identifying sexual harassment.

Three Ways to Spot a Sexual Harasser at Work

Do you have a sexual harasser in your workplace? Be attune for traits indicating narcissism, overperception of sexual interest, and objectification or dehumanization of women.

Shadows of the Dark Triad

Perpetrators of mass violence aren't always apparent in the form of a readily identifiable monster. They often appear as the garden variety people who live among us.


By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Naked Truth
What goes on in the mind of a mass shooter? In the mind of the shooter, there is a justification for killing. And it is based in lies.

On the Las Vegas Mass Killing and Motives

By Joe Navarro M.A. on October 08, 2017 in Spycatcher
After every horrific event we look for motives. Sometimes what we should be looking for are pathologies.

The Las Vegas Shooter’s Motivations

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Face It!
Can understanding lead to prevention?

The Las Vegas Massacre

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Cop Doc
Another tragedy affects us all, including police officers.

Ignoring Biological Bases of Senseless Violence

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Incompetence
Although much is today know about brain-behavior relationships, commentators on the Las Vegas tragedy have generally failed to ask whether the shooter's brain was abnormal.

We Live In a Dream World

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Addiction in Society
It took the police SWAT squad more than an hour to reach Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock after he stopped shooting and killed himself. Don't worry if you believed it was minutes!

Pharma Corruption Started the Opioid Epidemic

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 04, 2017 in Saving Normal
Pharma caused the deadly opioid epidemic and should be held accountable for cleaning up the mess it created.

Big Shot

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A wealthy gambler uses an arsenal and a casino hotel to kill 58 concert-goers and himself, wounding hundreds. His actions can help us understand what it means to be human.
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Why the Vegas Shooting Happened

By Tim David on October 04, 2017 in The Magic of Human Connection
What could make somebody commit a massacre? More importantly, how do we respond?
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Why Do We Like Psychopaths?

By Jack Pemment MA, MS on October 03, 2017 in Blame the Amygdala
Given the predilection for antisocial behavior, why do we find psychopaths so appealing?

Las Vegas and the Myth of the "Out of Character" Crime

A crime always has a context. But it is often challenging to discover what it is.

The Las Vegas Massacre and Gun Control

By Dinah Miller M.D. on October 03, 2017 in Committed
Should we all be calling for gun control and mental health reform today? Here are some reasons to wait just a few days.

Watching Violent News Video Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Viewing of violent news video, like mass shootings, increases your chances of developing anxiety, depression, and can trigger PTSD symptoms.
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Managing Anxiety After a Mass Shooting

After national tragedies like Las Vegas, life is more difficult for everyone. It may seem difficult, but finding a way to feel safe is essential to living well and thriving.
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Have You Been the News? Vegas, Puerto Rico, and the World

By Megan Devine on October 02, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
The images coming out of Las Vegas are heartbreaking and enraging. But there are real families behind those photographs. The effects of violence last longer than headlines.

How Likely Are You to Be Scammed in Online Dating?

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Love, Digitally
Stories exist of victims parting with their life savings to obtain funds for the scammer. Better educated people more likely to be scammed.

What Did DeVos Just Do?

Highlighting of 4 key changes in Title IX guidance and what it means for students and schools.

Parents Teach Their Children to Lie

The teaching process is subtle but just as effective as if they had sent their children to formal classes in deception.
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Mind Games

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on September 27, 2017 in The Human Equation
Most mental health professionals have the best interest of their clients at heart. But, when they don't, the "cure" can be worse than the "disease."

The Code of Trust

Trust can be built on five basic principles.

When Pretty White Women Kill.

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
When an attractive young, white woman goes on trial for murder, a public feeding frenzy ensues for graphic images and information about the case in the media.

The Oreos Bullying Lawsuit

By Izzy Kalman on September 25, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Rather than eliminating bullying, laws often foment hostilities. The current race-based lawsuit against Hand Middle School in South Carolina is a prime example.
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I Wanna Be a Serial Killer #3

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some people believe that if they follow the example of an infamous serial killer, their aspirations guarantee success.

Crisis Hostage Negotiation and the Impact of "Control"

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Beyond Words
Find out how hostage negotiators help return a sense of control back to the person they are negotiating with so you can apply it to your work and personal life.

Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of "The Child Finder"

By Jennifer Haupt on September 19, 2017 in One True Thing
"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."

Social Media is the End Result Not the Cause

Garage door openers took away the last vestiges of neighborly contact.