Essential Reads

The Psychology of Child Torture

What is the common nature of these horrific acts—and the people behind them?

A Law Enforcement A.I. Is No More or Less Biased Than People

By Matthew Hutson on January 17, 2018 in Psyched!
When does it make sense to rely on algorithms?

Look Closer: How to Spot Human Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking is an insidious epidemic, but it is not invisible. They key is knowing what to look for, and where to look.

Beyond Looking: When Voyeurism Leads to Criminal Behavior

Voyeuristic tendencies range from the mild to the malevolent. And although such behavior itself is unsettling, some voyeuristic individuals do more than just look.

More Posts on Law and Crime

Is Scott Peterson Innocent?

By Mark Godsey J.D. on January 18, 2018 in Blind Injustice
A&E's "The Murder of Laci Peterson" Exposes Psychological Flaws in Justice System
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The Old West’s Ted Bundy

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
An Old West serial killer had charm and a smooth-talking manner 100 years before Bundy.

The Psychology of Trump's Fake News Awards

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Intentional Insights
Think that Trump's "Fake News Awards" are a joke? Think again: they are deadly serious.

Icon Intimidation and Sexual Predation

By J. Reid Meloy Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in The Forensic Files
Icon intimidation often stops investigation and prosecution of criminal sexual predation. A forensic psychologist and retired FBI criminal profiler explain why.

Why Have So Many Americans Lost Their Trust in Facts?

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
A new study pinpoints various trends that are driving America's growing skepticism about "facts."

Sexual Misconduct: What Is the Effect of the Environment?

Needed to deter criminal conduct in the workplace: more oversight and imposing of consequences.

You Are Judged By Your Screen Name, So Choose Carefully

Sexual predators prey on women using provocative screen names. Yet good guys are looking too. So choose your screen name carefully.

Rape Victims' Reactions Misunderstood by Law Enforcement

Most rape victims suffer secondary victimization by the justice system.

Can You Tell a Psychopath from a Sociopath?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Wicked Deeds
In addition to their many commonalities, sociopaths and psychopaths have their own unique, distinctive behavioral characteristics and origins.

In the Digital Age, Why Voyeurs Prefer to Spy in Person

Even in the digital age, prying eyes prefer to spy in person. The thrill is in catching an unauthorized view of unsuspecting victims.

Does Jeff Sessions Hate Laughter?

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in What’s So Funny?
Could the government hate cannabis because it makes you laugh?

Ronan Farrow: Man on a Mission

By Joan Ullman M.A. on January 03, 2018 in Uncharted Customs
Often the first word many people learn to speak is `Daddy,' . But this young prodigy grew up with a daddy who was a baddie `- dubbed by all at home a `no goodie' sex harasser. `

Narcissist or Psychopath—How Can You Tell?

By Joe Navarro M.A. on December 28, 2017 in Spycatcher
We hear the terms all the time, but what is the difference?

Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Holiday Travel Thieves

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Holiday travel is both difficult and distracting. That is what thieves are banking on. Understand the psychology of distraction in order to stay focused, and stay safe.

Cyberstalkers Are Difficult to Stop

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Social media and networking services enact content guidelines that have little to do with protecting the rights of the public.

I Killed My Classmate, So I’m Suing My School

By Izzy Kalman on December 22, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
The field of bullying psychology has destroyed personal responsibility and made it legitimate to sue the government when we commit murder.
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The Subtle Art of Poisoning

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
The who, what, how, and why of poisoning explained for those who must investigate these killers and bring them to trial.

The Deadly Cost of Censoring the CDC

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 21, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Censoring the CDC could result in more deaths, especially among the most vulnerable—babies and children.

I Was a 3rd Grade Supper Hero

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on December 20, 2017 in The Hero in You
Where social institutions and its rituals support the development of morality, their cultural hero systems can help to sustain it.

The Devil You Know

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on December 20, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
Elicka Peterson-Sparks argues that there is a strong connection between certain forms of conservative Christianity in the United States and criminal behavior.

Congress Needs to Take Immediate Action on DACA

Identifying ways to move forward on DACA is a bipartisan concern. Without congressional action, the Administration will begin a phase-out of DACA on March 5, 2018.

In Most Sexual Assaults, “Defense Circuitry” Runs the Show

We need to know this circuitry and its impacts, even if it doesn’t sound as cool as “amygdala.”

The Thinking Processes of Sexual Predators

Thought patterns that result in predatory sexual behavior have long resided within the individual. His status and environment provide opportunity to express them.

Lessons Learned from the Year of Really Bad Behavior

Hopefully, we can learn how not to behave in 2018 after witnessing the really bad behavior of 2017. Observational learning can go both ways in helping us.

Looped Linear Thinking

Perhaps millennials should adapt and not the other way around.
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Women Aroused by Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some female serial killers defy notions in criminology and sexology that women develop sexual addictions.

Are Judges Swayed by Apologies?

Apologies can do wonders for mending relationships. However, judges who hear a lot of apologies have their own perspectives.

Judge Roy Moore’s Child Sexual Abuse Was an “Open Secret”

By Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Prevention Now
Can "open secrets" of sexual abuse exist in the #MeToo movement?
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If You’ve Been Sexually Harassed, What’s Next?

How do you move forward after you’ve been sexually harassed?

What Does Marijuana Legalization Mean for Adolescents?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Media Spotlight
With the rising trend toward marijuana legalization, what impact is this likely to have on adolescent drug use? New research explores this question and what it means.