The recent death of a nine-year-old bat boy for a Kansas amateur baseball team is a tragedy that has caused a reexamination of the appropriateness of using young children in a potentially dangerous role. In fact, Major League Baseball adopted a 14 year minimum age requirement after a near tragedy in a 2002 World Series game.
Pete Carroll's decision to throw a goal line slant pass, which resulted in a game-ending interception, rather than hand the ball off to bruising running back Marshawn Lynch, is considered by most commenter to have been profoundly foolish. Use of a four-factor foolish action analytic framework, however, suggests it was not as foolish as it appeared to be at the time.
Violence is a form of social incompetence, in that it usually fails to achieve its goals, sometimes inflicts more damage on the victim than was intended, and often brings about serious negative consequences for the aggressor. The child abuse case involving football player Adrian Peterson is used to illustrate these points.
Ethics codes for psychology and related fields have statements about the need to use validated assessment methods, but there are no comparable requirements to use only validated forms of psychotherapy. One explanation is that when it comes to therapy, psychology is a "semi-profession" which lacks a core body of scientific knowledge.
Even if one approves of legalizing recreational marijuana sales, one should know the risks of such use both for oneself and for society. A variety of social and physical risks of smoking weed are reviewed, and the conclusion is that these risks are generally acceptable. Edibles are a different story, however.
Backcountry skiing in the spring involves a certain amount of danger from avalanches. Analysis of fatal avalanche incidents involving groups, can be usefully approached in terms of the author's four-factor model of "foolish action."
There are many major events on TV (such as the Oscar's and the Winter Olympics) that are inherently boring, but that everyone watches because they are persuaded that everyone else is watching it. Just ask yourself this question "are you really finding it interesting or are you just watching because you feel like you are supposed to?"
A 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome made a scene at a movie theater when he attempted to see a film for a second time without paying. Police initiated a struggle in which the man died. A commission has been established in the state of Maryland to train officers to avoid such a tragedy in the future, but their task is more complicated than one might think.
There are at least seven reasons why psychologists and others should oppose the death penalty. When considering all of these reasons, it is difficult to imagine any thoughtful person supporting a punishment that virtually the rest of the civilized world has rejected.