With the recent onslaught of terroristic attacks, there has been much speculation on the reasoning of such horrific acts. Such tragedies as the mass shooting in San Berdino in early December of 2015 and the attack in Paris in November of 2015 has prompted politicians and analysts to debate how to stop further assaults. [More]
December 21, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.
In the last few years, thousands of stunning and disturbing acts of violence have occurred. We can all agree that terrorists and violent criminals belong behind bars. But what happens when it is our law enforcement officers that murder or commit crimes? [More]
October 19, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.
Lately a common news topic is mass murder/suicide. With the media reporting shootings about once a month (lately sometimes more), we are left with anguish, heartbreak, anger, confusion and fear. Besides grief, the aftermath always includes the questions of why it happened and how it could have been prevented or foreseen. [More]
In recent times, with the increased use of social media and the internet as a primary source of interaction between individuals, we have also seen an increase in something that has come to be known as “trolling”. Trolling is defined as an online activity where “individuals actively seek to disrupt and cause problems for their own satisfaction or enjoyment” (Pulman & Taylor, 2012), and individuals who engage in trolling are commonly referred to as “trolls”. [More]
CNN (L. Jones, April 3, 2015) reported that the owners of Memories Pizza, Crystal and Kevin O’Conner, have closed down their store and have gone into hiding. This was in reaction to threats to burn the store down and personal death threats directed toward the O’Conner family after publicly stating they would not cater a same sex wedding. In reaction to the threats The Dana Show, a nationally syndicated radio talk show, (April 3, 2015) set up a fund and raised $842, 387 in less than a week [More]
Parents who neglect or abuse their children, negatively affect brain development of the child.
. Children will continue to be haunted by their abuse into their adult years and will experience psychological problems. There are many ways to become involved with Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month. For the past 32 years, child abuse awareness activities have been planned for and participated in April. [More]
One of the biggest causes of conflict in relationships is differences in values, goals, and habits related to money, and communication about money issues. To keep a relationship happy and peaceful, it’s important for couples to understand their beliefs about money, learn how to talk about money, and learn how to align their financial goals. If you can do these things, you will be well on your way to having one less thing to argue about! [More]
March 17, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.
American youth are growing up in a society where competition and the pressure that comes with it, begin at the very beginning of their life experiences. It is not uncommon for parents to go to classes, read books, do research, and gather as much information as they can about parenting. Well-meaning parents want the best for their children. There are programs for babies to read, infants to swim, even sports that begin in toddlerhood. Often, parents will pick homes in good school districts so they can ensure a good education for their children. [More]
Through anger management training people learn to recognize and become aware of their anger cues as well as the intensity of stress, irritation, and frustration. They also address the unresolved pain contributing to their anger, as anger tends to anesthetize painful feelings and provides an illusion of control, power, and strength. [More]
For most people the sound of chewing, typing, utensil scraping and breathing are background sounds. They are just a part of life and certainly do not produce an emotional response. However, for some people, hearing these sounds lead to feelings of anger. [More]