Stephanie Newman Ph.D.

Apologies To Freud

The Mind of a Mass Murderer

What type of personality goes on a shooting rampage?

Posted Jul 20, 2012

The massacre at the Colorado movie theatre—scores of innocent people injured and at least 12 allegedly killed by a single gunman, including many teens and a three month old infant—is a tragedy of huge proportion. All we know now is that it is a senseless mass murder (the term refers to a single event; serial killings are understood to occur at separate times). It is difficult to wrap our minds around this morning's events—who opens fire on a crowd, especially one comprised of teenagers? Who shoots an infant in the face? The motives for these appalling and tragic acts are unclear. Such rampages are motivated by a need for attention, fame, or revenge. Loss of touch with reality can play a part.  

I spoke about the tragedy with John McCaslin and Dana Mills on America's Radio Show this morning:

My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

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