Essential Reads

Women’s Right to Say YES to Sexuality

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Women’s sexual right to say “yes” should be respected, including their right to freely shape their sexual performances, without incurring any social or emotional censure.

The Power of Contamination and Taint in Language

By Laura Niemi, Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in Morality in Language
Do we need to distinguish between harm and purity to understand moral psychology? Contamination concepts in political rhetoric and coping suggest that we do.

God Is Watching You

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Is God our Big Brother who watches over us to make sure we do not do anything bad or foolish?

Watching Myself Die

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Naked Truth
My mother, Dr. Karen J. Warren, was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. This blog explores why legal end-of-life options are essential to dying with autonomy and dignity.

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Good Deeds, Sinister Motives

Good deeds can have a dark motive

Sex, Secrets, and Shame

By Marty Klein PhD on September 26, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Should the government criminalize fantasies? Many people already feel ashamed of theirs.

White Sensitivity Is Like Black Sensitivity

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 26, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Being put in your body unexpectedly is status-lowering, whatever color your skin is.
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The Murder Market

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 25, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Novelist takes readers on a very dark journey into the addictive world of the murder market.

The Truth Shall Set You Free—Except When It Doesn’t

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Uncertainty can be more deadly than certainty, but certainty is what the law is looking for. Why, when it is such a rare commodity?

5 Ways of the Corporate Psychopath

How ruthless predators infiltrate and compromise organizations.

Is Extreme Childhood Obesity 'Nutritional Neglect'?

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
By the latest statistics, about 17% of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese and of these almost 6% are extremely obese. To what extent should parents be held accountable?

When Porn Consumption Goes Up, Sex Crimes Go Down

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Contrary to media hysteria, research shows that when porn consumption goes up, sex crimes go down.

The Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Saving Normal
Protecting profit against patient welfare

The Macabre Appeal of Serial Killers

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Serial killers are transformed into culture celebrities through the efforts of law enforcement authorities, the media and the public’s appetite for the macabre.

On Being a Weird American on 9/11

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Do you ever struggle with your identity as an American? A simple reframing can really help!
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What Keeps Us Glued to the Screen?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
New TV series, Notorious, should inspire conversations about the entanglements of news, crime, and viewers.
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Serendipity and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A series of coincidences made possible a unique approach to a serial killer's narrative.

Fancy a New Cell Phone? Not So Much

Need a rest from all the hype surrounding the latest, greatest cellphone? You're not alone. What consumers really want is to hear that the best phone is the one they already own

TRAPing the Lone Terrorist, Part 2

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Intended to help law enforcement agencies identify people at high risk of extreme violence, the TRAP-18 shows great promise though more research is needed.

Why I Prefer “Victim” to “Survivor”

Change the connotation of “victim,” not the term for it.

Homeless, Mentally Ill, and Neglected

When the symptoms of mental illness are acute, they affect an individual’s decision-making capacity. Our failure to provide treatment to those in need is discrimination..

Murder of Mississippi Nuns Echoes Homicide From Long Ago

A suspect has been arrested—but did he know right from wrong?

DSM-5 Made a Mistake Eliminating Substance Abuse

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Saving Normal
By eliminating "Substance Abuse," DSM-5 confounds the very different treatment, course, and prognosis of the typical college binge-drinker and a down-and-out end-stage addict.

Is Committing Rape Just Making a Mistake?

Why are young male athletes getting away with sexually assaulting girls? Entitlement is part of the answer.

Should We Want a President Who Can’t or Won’t Lie?

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in Face It!
When it comes to lies, not all are created equal. At what point do we accept that some lies are beneficial, especially when it comes to our leaders?

The Strange Allure of the Killer Living Next Door

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
A serial killer is frequently an unassuming everyman who could easily be a next door neighbor or co-worker.
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Alluring Brain Science: Stale, Creative Ferment or Both?

Brain science is complex and fast developing. Is it providing the answers we need quickly enough?

Beating Back Trump's Threat to US Democracy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 10, 2016 in Saving Normal
Democracy is a precious, but historically infrequent and perilously fragile method of governance. Trump Threatens it and must be stopped.

Understanding Elder Abuse (Part Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Media Spotlight
As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the demand for help and the burden this places on family members, will mean more cases of elder abuse as well.

Mental Illness and Violence

The psychotic killer may make a great Halloween costume, but in real life, they're surprisingly rare.
D. P. Lyle

Walk in My Shoes, Said the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
As I discuss "Confession of a Serial Killer" on "Crime and Science Radio" this week, I'm reminded of how complex this 5-year project from a killer's point of view was.

Do Suicide Squad Villains Harley and Joker Defy Diagnosis?

The film Suicide Squad toys with the question of whether Harley is genuinely "crazy" or merely putting on an act, but does it suggest any realistic answer?

Do Criminals Desire to Get Caught?

In 1915, Freud wrote about an unconscious desire to get caught and punished. But he did not treat criminals.

Understanding Elder Abuse (Part One of Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in Media Spotlight
According to the 2009 National Elder Mistreatment Survey, at least ten percent of elderly people living in American communities (4.3 million people) experience abuse each year