An excellent article by a real expert on anger, madness, the pychological beginnings of violence and evil, Dr. Stephen Diamond, on Psychology Today blog.
Psych profile of a violent shooter – Deja Vu? : A Wicked Rage for Recognition | Psychology Today http://t.co/puwbCna
In the tragic wake of Saturday’s mass shooting at a Tucson, Arizona political rally (leaving thirteen wounded, six dead, and congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition) allegedly perpetrated by yet another reportedly deeply disturbed and probably angry young man, twenty-two-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, I decided to re-post this hopefully relevant 2008 article for those PT readers who might have missed its initial appearance.
(As regards the media reporting and pervasive forensic commentaries about the possible mental state of mass murderers and other violent offenders who commit such evil deeds, see also last week’s posting just prior to this event) :
Last Saturday, an eighteen-year-old senior at Chesterfield High School in South Carolina was arrested with ten pounds of explosives and a venom-filled journal containing plans to bomb his school and kill himself. Ryan Schallenberger is described as a quiet but ” angry young man,” who writes admiringly of the two students that carried out the Columbine massacre. Perhaps not coincidentally, yesterday, April 20, was the ninth anniversary of the mass shootings at Columbine High School. In a chilling trend that was unimaginable at that time, there has been a stunning rash of similar incidents since then, most recently at Northern Illinois University on St. Valentine‘s Day, 2008. Steven Kazmierczak, a supposedly happy, stable, twenty-seven- year-old graduate student in social work, randomly blew away five students and wounded eighteen before offing himself. Why?
For full article, click here to go to Psychology Today blog.
Stay calm out there!
John Schinnerer, Ph.D.
Founder Guide to Self, Inc.
Award-winning author, award-winning blogger