Archive for the ‘terrorism’ Category

When Psychological Troubles Meet the Internet

April 24, 2013


Todays’s NYTimes suggests that the two suspects in the Bostan Marathon bombings may have been disenfranchised and troubled young people who found direction and guidance on the internet. More than Islam the central actor here is the the connectivity that enables anyone to develop relationships to those who espouse the best and and worst of human behavior. This brilliant analysis by Michiko Kakutani reviews what we can learn from the suspects’ electronic and digital path affirming that such connectivity has provided many the unprecedented opportunity to mourn a tragedy while offerring them an unprecedented opportunity to transform angst into destruction.  This, of course, raises questions.

We Have To Talk About Violence

April 23, 2013


I asked the graduate students in my child psychopathology class about their reactions to the Boston Marathon bombings. Their surprise that I would ask confused me.  Was I really the first to ask?

It seems as though we haven’t found a way to have the tough, complicated discussions that might be the only thing we can do about violence and terrorism.  It may be important to move on and get back to normal.  But what if what has been going on isn’t normal? See below for an overview of my students’ and clients’ comments (printed anonymously to perserve confidentiality).


Terrorism and Limit-Setting

April 22, 2013


At a moment when we mourn eight-year old Martin Richard, 23 year-old Lu Lingzi, 29 year-old Krystle Campbell and 26 year-old Officer Sean Collier as well as the 176 other victims of suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev terrorist actions, isn’t it time to make peace with some limits on personal freedoms?


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