When do we as a society say, “We are sorry for neglecting our responsibilities as a whole in protecting and preventing social deviant behaviors in becoming a norm.” Research has shown that the more empathetic people are, the more they experience these worldview-altering effects. Perhaps this is why a lot of caretakers, humanitarian workers, physicians, nurses, and psychologists — people who over time witness others’ suffering — burn out. Vicarious trauma makes us feel connected to events even though they might not personally touch us. It explains why many experience sadness, depression, anxiety, and even fear when these events happen. When we care deeply about others, we tend to become jaded by the erosive properties of such events and begin to see the world as a scary place filled with dangerous people. Self-protection may start to feel more important than human connection, than reaching out and helping others. It’s easy to find one thinking more about “me” than “we.” We’ve seen a lot of this in the last decade, as we’ve seemly become less trusting of one another and more pessimistic as a society.
Post-traumatic growth does not make light of the terrible, life-altering effects of trauma. Trauma leads to suffering, period. There is nothing inherently positive or indispensable about atrocities, violence, disasters, or loss. Nonetheless, with post-traumatic growth, some survivors say they become closer to those they love, experience an increased commitment to the goals they pursue, an increase in personal strength, enriched sense of spirituality, or greater appreciation of life. Even while causing immense suffering, trauma can turn people’s sights toward what they value most in life.
Despite a fairly consistent profile, psychologists can’t predict who will kill. Millions of people will feel disaffected and vengeful, and may even lack empathy, but the vast majority would never shoot defenseless children. However, we live in the age where no one is safe from those who have built up so much resentment for life that the only things holding them back are time and GOD. The video games makers push the envelope whey they put out a new game where graphic violence is mainstreamed. They made trillions of dollars by making this type of games overall. Even so, psychologists stress the importance of preventing social massacres before they happen. One step in that direction might be to help the kids who do feel the burden of social isolation and feelings of insignificance, regardless of whether they will ever snap. While such an analysis can provide important insights and is a necessary contribution to reducing such violence, it is at the same time extremely one-sided and unfortunately displays a bias that is typical of mainstream psychology.
I am attacking the theories of psychotherapy. . . . It makes every problem a subjective, inner problem. And that’s not where the problems come from. They come from the environment, the cities, the economy, the racism. They come from architecture, school systems, capitalism, and exploitation. They come from many places that psychotherapy does not address. Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. What I’m trying to say is that, if a kid is having trouble or is discouraged, the problem is not just inside the kid; it’s also in the system, the society.
“Many mass shootings are motivated by revenge or envy. That’s why many take place at a school or a workplace where shooters felt rejected,” said Tony Farrenkopf, a forensic psychologist in Portland, Ore., who has created psychological profiles of mass shooters.
“There are certainly a lot of people who have a lot of things go wrong, and they’re not committing mass murders,” said Mary Muscari, a forensic nurse at Binghamton University in New York who has researched mass killers.
“Even when you look at mental illness, most people with mental illness are not violent,” Muscari told LiveScience in July after the Aurora, Colo., movie theater killings.
Above are three views on mass shootings or killings. Which one is more accurate than the other? We must take into account that most killers often exhibit risk factors that are generally tied to criminality: a history of abuse or ineffective parenting, a tendency to set fires or hurt animals, a sadistic streak, and self-centeredness and a lack of compassion. Is this the right path to be on when we talk about those who are being bullied? Or are we talking about the bully-mentality itself? If one is the victim of being bullied do they automatically run towards the tendency to do harm to animals or do they run to the animal looking for comfort whereas some adults tend to try to weigh out the circumstances of behaviors.
The psychotherapy literature on revenge suggests that fantasized revenge is a familiar cognition in daily life. In the treatment of various stress response syndromes, “clinicians may encounter intrusive and persistent thoughts of vengeance associated with feelings of rage at perpetrators” While the revenge fantasies often have the emotional content of hate and fear, the fear may easily devolve into frank paranoia. Of relevance to the pseudocommando is the research evidence suggesting that strong anger can serve as an attention-focusing emotion, making it difficult to think about other things. Angry thoughts thus generate a vicious cycle; “the more he thinks about them the angrier he gets, and the angrier he gets, the harder it is to think about anything else”. Thus, a pseudocommando’s revenge fantasy may prevent him from “engaging other strategies (e.g., trivialization) that would have allowed [him] to move on and think about something else”.
There are many publications which outline theories for wanting revenge. “Going Postal,” is a common theme when working at a place with high stress or being pushed to ones limit by exteral relationship factors. However, this does not mean that everybody should be thinking of hurting one another. It only means that better overall healthcare should be practiced and adhered to. This also does excuse anyone from taking their fantasies and making them a reality.
The desire for revenge is a ubiquitous response to narcissistic injury. It should be of interest that an emotion so intense and pervasive has received little study relative to other emotions. Both psychoanalysis18 and forensic psychiatry have merely skimmed the psychological surface of this destructive cognition. Yet consider how revenge hides in plain sight. For example, Greek mythology is awash in revenge themes. Revenge is the central motive in at least 20 of Shakespeare’s plays and is a main theme in many of today’s Hollywood movies. The success of movies such as the Death Wish series, and more recently the Kill Bill series, speaks to the public’s fascination with, and indeed their delight in, “the sweet taste of payback.” That there is a strong, primal universality of the revenge theme hardly requires in-depth socioanthropological study. Across almost every culture, the taking of revenge, when “justified,” has assumed “the status of a sacred obligation”. In many cultures, since biblical times and before, there has always been the principle of retributive functional symmetry, such as the admonition of an eye for an eye in the Hebrew Bible.
Taken into account the above information we again put ourselves back in the proverbial hallway and we try to look at the many reasons why people fall prey to the idea that it is ok to push someone to the brink of conflict-death. We have those people whose psychological make-up is short-wired to quick depression and quick to release once the pressure is built up enough to cause social damages. Yet, we don’t put a stopper on the emotions and thoughts of self-hatred when they call for help. Are we to blame for Sandy Hook, Columbine, or even the next Educational Shooting Nightmare? I think so. However, better laws need to hold those families who pushed the individual over the edge responsible. Every incident of youth violence is not single-sided.
Everyday people find it hard to believe that with so many struggles in life that we would give energy and thoughts of wanting revenge for something someone has done to us. Yet, it is true that every day we live and breathe we want it to run smoothly. However, it doesn’t on those moments when you’re younger and the bullies are out there. They come in factors both male and female, young and old, family, friend and strangers. We are causally walking down the proverbial street of life or hallway and then bang someone spots and targets us out of the side of their eyes and then every conflict resolution tactic fails us.
Issues like the shooting at Kent University (1970 ), Columbine (1999), and other happen due to the twisted mind of people who scream that they are tired of others putting them down or pushing them to the brink of self-destruction and public violence. Recently agencies have been developed to try to bring the public’s awareness to social violence. However, we already knew who we the ones causing the problem. Yet, we only think of the awe and shock reactions of those who were pushed over the edge. “Yes, it is their fault, those who flailed out at society that we must blame.” No! We must hold ourselves responsible for the bullies and the victims.
School violence has reached a dramatic high when children begin to kill one another. This is a call for us as parents and a people of society to wake up and smell the horrific coffee of reality in which we created. The anniversary of Sandy Hook is upon us and still gun control is being pushed around the table like Obama Healthcare. However, how much gun control can one nation utilize when their very constitution scream that we, as a nation of people have the right to bear arms. Many believe that to understand the issues completely we must first understand that there were psychological problems with the people doing the shootings. The Sandy Hook shootings and the Columbine massacre are just two of the recent events which scarred the Americans into action. Yet, the psychological make-up of the various killers is being held apart not together. School violence has neither no-sex limitations nor age qualifications. This would include the rate at which various agencies are recently targeting bullying or an individual’s past of psychological depression or psychosis of revenge as a major contributor towards those individuals choses as a means of acting out their revenge scenarios or fantasies. The many factors surrounding Sandy Hook, Columbine, and Kent University are just eye openers to a bigger problem and more questions.
Many people have given thanks to GOD for the salvation of those who survived the incident last year. I too have given thanks to GOD for those who survived. However, confusion is still surrounding why Adam Lanza targeted an Elementary School. There could be no greater heart shed tears other than to truly ask oneself why does anything like this ever happen and to figure how to prevent it from ever happening again. Asking the hard questions are easy once the event has happened, but how do we ask ourselves the even harder questions as to when or what school is next? What discriminatory actions would someone hold society responsible for their failings or even when will the repressed memory of some misunderstood individual, who fails to seek help through normal channel, become the next Adam Lanza? For all the disbelief and dismay, we actually know pretty well that most such events are committed by individuals with a particular set of characteristics. But not all mass homicide perpetrators target schools even though schools do seem to be an unusually common target. People wonder why angry men (and an occasional woman) so often target innocent children who have done them no wrong. In the case of Sandy Hook, although early reports suggested that Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, may have worked there, the school superintendent has since clarified that she was not a teacher or a substitute.
I never really used online databases before so I went to the learning center and reached out for help. I’ve definitely got a little more of an understanding on the fact that online data bases are better for research than just simply searching Google because it may not be accurate information or could be publish by anyone. I learned about online library databases like EbscoHost and how to utilize keyword searches. I briefly read through the articles and made a decision based of the information and topic of the paper. I analyzed the important facts with a highlighter to help me pull out key pieces of information.
After researching my sources, I would like to discuss the fact that Adam Lanza’s motive for the Sandy Hook killings may have been provoked by some deep unresolved anger. Published by Christian Science Monitor in December 2012, the article that I found was Sandy Hook shooting: Was Adam Lanza lashing out against treatment? Fox News reports that Adams’ mother had planned on committing him to seek some treatment. Ms. Lanza was very concerned about the mental health of her son. According to the New York Daily News, a family friend said Adams mother brought him to psychiatrist because he had become very antisocial. Experts say Mr. Lanza’s actions may have been triggered because of an anger issue because of forced treatment. It is not clear yet about what type of treatment, if any, Ms. Lanza was pursuing. She did speak about possibility moving to Washington State with her son, Adam, because there is a school there that could have helped him.
I feel I can use this source to transition between discussing the shooting and the need for better mental health protocols.
First, I thought of as many different topics that I could to write about in efforts to select a topic. Second, I narrowed it down from school shootings, to Sandy Hook Elementary School. I chose this topic because the one year anniversary is coming up next week. Also, I was drawn to the topic because this was an unusually tragic event. Many issues surrounding this event could have been addressed sooner. For the example, the issues of mental health surrounding the shooter, Adam Lanza, are highly publicized. I would be glad to investigate this topic, because I would like to understand why such a young man would have the motivation to commit such crimes. In my investigation, I want to look at preventive measures that could have been in places and determine what if any mental health care reform is necessary.
In my research, this crime took place on December 14, 2012 in Newtown Conn. Twenty six lives where taken. Twenty of them were children. Adam was a twenty year old troubled man that also shot and killed his mother before leaving the home that morning. Teachers were calling from classrooms along with other callers and they all feared for their lives. Police arrived 4 minutes after the first call.
This information will be helpful in my research because I can use it in my introduction.