Many legal issues surrounding Ms. Sandra Bland’s arrest and death entail further investigations, including whether existed the illegal arrest and abuse of authority by the officer who stopped her for an alleged traffic violation and whether her death at a jail cell in Waller County, Texas was suicide or murder. One thing is certain that the jail authority violated the law.
Mental conflicts, including intrusive thoughts or emotions (e.g., rumination on trauma or other negative events, self-blame, shame, hopelessness, guilt, anger, or sadness) result from both unawareness that the self-schemas or appraisals are regulated by one’s pattern schemas, and the use of wrong or distorted pattern schemas for self-evaluations.
In spite of increasing acceptance and varied use of acupuncture for treating pain and other ailments in the United States, there are still at least three misunderstandings about the practice and its mechanisms, which are typically found in some news reports about acupuncture (Sun, 2014a). Clarifying the misunderstandings also has implications for psychology.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United State and is also responsible for various diseases. Although raising taxes on tobacco products and limiting smoking in public places help reduce smoking, there is another simple and effective approach for preventing and controlling smoking.
The attempt to use mental illness or an “unknown motivation” to explain Spec. Ivan Lopez’s shooting rampage at Ft. Hood seems to have overlooked evidence about three joint contributing factors to the violence. To prevent similar tragedies in the future and to increase safety in organizational settings, it is necessary to understand these factors.
There has been extensive media coverage of the recent rescue of three kidnapped female victims in Cleveland, two of whom were teenagers when they were abducted. Although the event represents a tragic yet inspiring story with significant interest to the public, this type of sex offense does not epitomize the reality about sex crime against children.
The recent mass killing in Seattle committed by Ian Stawicki has generated not only grief among the victims’ families and friends, and the community, but also people’s attempts to find some explanations for the crime.
People can practice a simple meditation technique known as the wisdom-lotus Qigong method to reach mental tranquility and clarity. I have practiced it for 15 years since I learned it from a Buddhist monk.
A persistent myth about psychopaths involves the belief that they are callous, emotional void criminals (particularly serial killers). The mass media (e.g., television shows, films, and books) often reinforces this inaccurate image.