What is evil? There are multiple lenses through which we can search for a definition: moral, spiritual, mystical, etc. When forced to choose a characterization of this trait there is no one description to rely upon. Evil is very much a subjective element that incites fear. [More]
July 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi
A new study published in the Journal of Black Studies explores the impact of publicized killings of Black men and boys by police shared in social media and viewed by underrepresented college students in the U.S. The study, titled: “The Only Thing New is the Cameras”: A Study of U.S. College Students’ Perceptions of Police Violence on Social Media, found that the majority of college students experienced emotional trauma watching the videos. They shared their fears about being pulled over by police. [More]
The brutal treatment of George Floyd that resulted in death has hit on a chord with far-reaching intensity. The specifics were revealed because Damella Frazier, 17, had the presence of mind to film the almost-unbelievable incident that occurred in Minneapolis on May 25,2020. [More]
The publicized drop in sexual encounters in the Millennial community has led some to believe that this group has more than its fair share of incels. They are described as disenfranchised individuals who spend an inordinate amount of time online, where they can tune out news offers contradictions to their philosophies. [More]
June 25, 2019
by Kimberly Lucey
Surviving abuse at the hands of a partner is traumatic in itself, but now researchers have found the damage goes further than skin deep. A new study finds women who have experienced domestic violence are three times more likely to develop a mental illness. [More]
In the past few years there has been a lot of attention paid to monuments and memorials that honor members of the Confederacy who fought in the Civil War.
The basic argument seems to be: A. We must honor our country’s history and maintain and preserve these remembrances of times past. B. The War was fought to ensure the continuance of slavery and, as such, was an abomination.
There are no easy answers, and, certainly, no consensus. Is it healthier to learn from the past, to acknowledge that “the past is prologue” (Shakespeare, The Tempest). Or, is it better to start anew and put the past away? [More]
A new documentary premiered recently. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about the philosophy and achievements of Mr. (Fred) Rogers. The film has received rave reviews from both critics, and the public in general.
It is said that the reminder of a more gentle, accepting outlook on what life and behavior could be is an antidote to the deep recurring anger that has seemed to have taken over many everyday lives. Mr. Rogers’ message is, of course, “It’s you I like”. He proposed a world where individuals listen to, learn from and expand their horizons while airing their differences. [More]
February 27, 2018
by Amy Rollo
We all do it! We read an article and think “that’s controversial; I’m going to rea [More]
February 13, 2018
by Tracey Block
Solitary confinement and mental wellness do not mix. In a groundbreaking move last month, Canada's Supreme Court ruled against the use of solitary confinement. And some states in the U.S. are also examining the negative effects to prisoners' mental health as a result of the practice and are making efforts to reduce inmates' increased levels of anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviors by reducing such isolation. [More]
November 6, 2017
by Arthur Hunter
On the morning of November 5th, a sociopath walked into a church with an assault rifle and began shooting. In the middle of the gun control debate, there is a question that seldom makes its way into headlines: should we not pay more attention to mental health when talking about firearm ownership? [More]