Essential Reads

Most Strangers Are Safe: Learn to Spot Those Who Are Not

As strange as it sounds, most strangers are safe—statistically speaking. Yet in a world of distraction and multitasking, learn how to remain aware of those who are not.

The Psychology Behind London's Terrorist Attacker

A recent study found that much tactical planning goes into lone-actor terrorist events.

5 Ways Predators Prey on Politeness

Think you can spot a predator while traveling? Here are 5 tips to make sure you can. Take these precautions to ensure that your Spring Break travel is both satisfying and safe.

Lack of Sleep Leads to Harsher Punishments

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There are lots of benefits for getting good sleep. How does it affect the way you judge other people?

More Posts on Law and Crime

Making Sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 27, 2017 in Spycatcher
Too often we talk about politicians talking to Russian as though there were no threat—there is always a threat with Putin in charge.

Dating Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

If you are with an extrovert, expect the unexpected to come out of his or her mouth.

Could Your Brain Make You Do Insane Things?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Creating in Flow
A brain tumor may figure in the insanity defense of the youth who fake-called Jewish community centers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Brain-imaging is gaining credence in courts.
K. Ramsland

The G-Man and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Writer who set out to learn the identity of Eliot Ness's secret suspect for Cleveland's Mad Butcher fictionalizes the tale.

Explanation or Excuses for Stealing?

The criminal evaluates his evaluator.
M. Streed

Drawing the Devil

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Forensic artists face a digitized future, but a former detective offers facial composition software that replicates his successful drawing methods.

Lady Justice Is Not Color-Blind

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on March 19, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The massive U.S. prison population does not mirror the demographic profile of U.S. society. There is a stark pattern of racial disparity in the prison population.

The Effective Crisis Negotiator: Prepare Like a Navy SEAL

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on March 19, 2017 in Beyond Words
Learn how crisis professionals handle stressful incidents and how it can help you handle your crises, disputes, and conflicts.

A Lost Opportunity for Mental Health Reform?

We don't let persons with Alzheimer’s leave the nursing home and wander the streets. Then, why do we allow persons with mental illness to refuse treatment and live under a bridge?

What Is the Best Way to Defend Ourselves From a Bully?

By Sheila Kohler on March 15, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
"I promised not to tell," my sister would say to me, telling me her sad story as though it had happened to someone else.

Climate Change: How to Prevent Workplace Harassment

The workplace is our home away from home; let´s work together to keep it predator-free. Here are some methods of preventing sexual harassment from becoming sexual assault.

Physician Assisted Suicide - a type of Euthanasia

Physician Assisted Suicide is but a subdivision of euthanasia, and as quality of death becomes a more relevant societal issue, legal and political pressure for it will grow.
K. Ramsland

Murder Buddies

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some adolescent friendships go down a dark path, but there are strategies for parents who want to deflect them.

A Libertarian Transhumanist’s Take on the Future of Taxes

Radical technology like robots, software, and artificial intelligence may soon eliminate the need for the IRS, its 74,000+ page tax code, and collection of income taxes.

5 Ways to Become a Better Negotiator

Contrary to what most people think, everything is negotiable.

On Criminology and Politics in the Social Sciences

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in More Than Mortal
A biosocial criminologist's thoughts on the state of his field, professional challenges, and ideological bias within the social sciences.

The Psychology of Hate

Who you hate says a lot about you.

Should Parents Pay For Their Children's Incarceration?

A policy that imposes more suffering on people who are already suffering.

What Motivates Cemetery Vandalism?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Time Out
Cemetery attacks are not just vandalism—they have psychological and political motivations.
K. Ramsland

The Predator's Advantage

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
The predator's advantage involves a clear plan, with an escape route.

Split Decisions in the Courtroom

The movie Split has brought Dissociative Identity Disorder back into the spotlight. Here's how this controversial diagnosis plays out in the courtroom.

Avoiding Tax Disaster—Beware Of These 4 Common Tax Scams

By Michael F. Kay on March 01, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Educate yourself on these 4 tax scams to have a disaster-free tax season.

Psychoanalyst Karen Morris Asks, “Where Is the Slave in Me?”

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Sensoria
“If I'm not free, no one can be free.”

Should Sexual Predators Be Banned From Social Media?

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Your Online Secrets
Some states ban sex offenders from social media. Do these laws protect potential victims? They certainly ignore the fundamental role social media plays in modern communication.

Get Out of My Country

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 26, 2017 in Minority Report
"Get out of my country!" is a common fear and statement Asian, Arab, and Hispanic minorities confront time and time again in their lifetimes. And sometimes it can lead to tragedy.

Psychopathic Killers Hide in Plain Sight

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The world’s most prolific killers are totally incapable of empathy or remorse. However, they rarely look like the scary monsters we expect them to be.

Is There a Fascist Impulse in All of Us?

I am slowly succumbing to the disturbing conclusion there is.

Remembering Jodi Arias: Poster Girl for Narcissism

Jodi Arias reminds us we overuse the word “Narcissist,” and this serious diagnosis should never be just a slur for people who’ve hurt us, or who we don’t like.

Who Killed JonBenet? Part 2: The Ransom Note

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Evil Deeds
A forensic psychologist breaks down the JonBenet Ramsey ransom note.