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Trump My Putin

The unconscious archetypes of hair

What Most People Get Wrong About Critical Thinking Tools

“Ha! You just made an ad hominem argument. See, that proves you're wrong."

Do First Amendment Rights Apply to Students in School?

Guest blogger Alex Walker interviews Free Student Press founder Damon Krane.

Why Was the Movie Theater Killer Spared the Death Penalty?

James Holmes was given ‘Life with no Possibility of Parole’.

Recent Posts on Law and Crime

Bargain Better in Life Using Hostage Negotiation Psychology

The idea was to get the message home; the situation was hopeless for the hostage taker. Demonstration of overwhelming firepower convinces that giving oneself up is the only option. It seems to make logical sense.If this had worked without substantial loss of life, then we might still be using it today. The Contending Model, because it was so lethal, went out of fashion...

The Enduring, Ghoulish Legend of Lizzie Borden

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
The story of Lizzie Borden has taken on mythical proportions over the years. Despite her acquittal in criminal court in the nineteenth century for the murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie has always been considered guilty by the public as a result of ghoulish media and cultural representations of her.

Guns, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Trauma and Murder

By Kathryn Seifert on August 30, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
Restricting guns and increasing access to mental health treatment is only part of the answer to violence in the US. We need to look at the role of substance abuse and family violence that surrounds children with violence. There is a need to examine our cultural tolerance of substance abuse and guns as a rite of passage and family violence as nobody else's business.

Mass Shootings and Mass Media

By Helen M Farrell M.D. on August 29, 2015 in Frontpage Forensics
It is easy for violent acts to become sensationalized in the age of social media and live streaming. It's important to recognize the negative impact of tantalizing news stories to our brains and use our technological tools to enhance community support.

Is the Motivation Behind the Virginia Shootings Contagious?

Paul Mullen, Christopher Cantor and colleagues have published an analysis of possible copy-cat mass slayings, where they argue the influence of one rampage on another may have occurred across continents, and even over many years.

Meaningless Things We Say in the Aftermath of a Gun Slaying

By Stanton Peele on August 27, 2015 in Addiction in Society
What we must watch and listen to after every gun massacre. But does it do any good? And is it good for us?

Law Does NOT Treat ADHD but Medical Intervention Does

By Shimi Kang M.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
There are plenty of us who might not know how to react upon meeting people with ADHD. So what exactly is ADHD? What does it mean for those who have it? And how can we help?

Could Psychiatrists Have Prevented the Virginia Shootings?

As reports began to appear of the disturbed background of that shooter, the media seems to have universally decided when reporting that case, that mass shootings are readily explained by severe mental illness.It is possible that the same media reaction and deductions may follow these tragic Virginia Live TV shootings, though it is early days in coverage of the case.

Does Psychology Reveal Why Women Stay With Abusive Men?

Every minute, one case of domestic violence is reported to the police in the United Kingdom. This often hidden crime is frequently 'normalised' or made light of, by perpetrators.

Trump My Putin

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 in Social Studies
What if political leaders can be understood by their hair? What if hair represents the collective unconscious of all of us? The hair of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin might tell us a lot about who they really are and who we are- whether we love them or hate them- since in some way they represent what Carl Jung called archetypes.

My Advice to President Obama for Achieving World Peace

By Izzy Kalman on August 24, 2015 in Resilience to Bullying
President Obama, your deal with Iran is a blunder to rival Bush's invasion of Iraq. If you want to earn the legacy of The President Who Brought Peace to the World, you need to forget about placing sanctions on nations that seek nuclear weapon capability and instead put sanctions on those nations that promote the "infidel meme."

What Most People Get Wrong About Critical Thinking Tools

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 in Ambigamy
Just because they defend their position with a weak argument, it doesn't mean their position is wrong. Weak arguments are irrelevant. Contrary to popular belief, they are not evidence that the position being supported by the argument is incorrect.

Media Fail to Respect Crime Victims

Repeated crime exposure through excessive media coverage re-traumatizes victims.

The Bundy Effect

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
The Bundy Effect is the ability to create multiple impressions, fluidly and effectively, to achieve a goal.

Women Held for 30 years in Slavery - 'Traumatic Entrapment'?

Three women rescued from horrific conditions after allegedly being held as slaves for 30 years, are described by the British Metropolitan Police's human trafficking unit as 'highly traumatised'.

The Warning Behavior of Identification

The warning behavior of identification may be useful to assess risk for targeted violence by lone terrorists and other attackers of civilians. Dr. Meloy details the behavioral aspects of identification in such persons of concern.

Can You Really Sue Someone for Breaking Up With You?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on August 18, 2015 in So Sue Me
Surprisingly, the answer may be yes! It is a little-known fact, but some states still allow lawsuits for "breach of promise" or "breach of contract to marry." In these states, you can actually sue your ex for breaking up with you if, during your relationship, he or she promised to marry you.

Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Murder?

Psychologist Tobias Greitemeyer from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, one of the world's leading authorities on the link between violent video games and real world aggression, has just published results from a new study entitled, 'Intense acts of violence during video game play make daily life aggression appear innocuous: a new mechanism'.

The Long, Hot Summer

Summer, "copy cats" and the perception of police vulnerability

Philotimo: A Greek Word Without Meaning but Very Meaningful

Philotimo encompasses the concepts of pride in self, pride in family, and pride in community.

Do First Amendment Rights Apply to Students in School?

By Peter Gray on August 16, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
In this interview, conducted by guest blogger Alex Walker, the founder of Free Student Press, David Krane, explains that student free speech is legally protected by the first amendment, but students must fight for that protection. School officials typically do everything they can to prevent students from knowing about and exercising their constitutional rights.

The Rise of Green Prison Programs

Can exposure to nature help reduce crime?

Who Gets the Dog?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on August 12, 2015 in So Sue Me
When can your vengeful ex successfully take your precious pet away from you? It is more complicated than you think. Learn how to protect yourself and your furry best friend.

Is the Death Penalty Dying Out?

Is there still a need to continue studying the death penalty?

Women We Love to Hate—and Why We Hate Them

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 10, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
When a pretty, young, white woman is charged with premeditated murder it creates intense curiosity because their alleged crimes violate sacred norms of gender, race, and even motherhood. Their trials become media events because the public is shocked and outraged by the actions of these norm violating females.

Why Was the Movie Theater Killer Spared the Death Penalty?

Why was the insanity plea nullified in the movie theater killings in Aurora, Colorado? The answer is simple - because the carnage was so horrendous that there was too much public pressure in favor of the death penalty. There was no way the insanity plea would be allowed. Nonetheless, Holmes was clearly and incontrovertibly psychotic and delusional.

The Hope of Winning Trumps the Fear of Losing

People who hope to succeed realize that failure is an inevitable part of the process.

Why Governor Abbott was Wrong

Texas law is particularly important to me, as Texas has been home to my adopted daughter since 2011.

6 Reasons Teens Won't Tell Parents Their Violent Thoughts

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 04, 2015 in Just Listen
What struck me from reading about rampage killers was how common it was for caring parents to not know about the dark suicidal and violent impulses that lived within their teenage sons (nearly all the rampage killers have been male).

Who Should Own A Gun?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 03, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Are there specific guidelines for mental health professionals to follow in judging the risk of allowing certain people to own guns? A new article published in the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice provides practical guidelines for firearm assessments and the sort of questions that professionals should ask prospective gun owners.