Here, I explore, perhaps, the darker realm of the human experience. Clearly, we are bombarded by aggression and violence in various media and entertainment outlets depicting serial killing and mass murders. I will outline subtypes of human aggression and violence and suggest when they are necessary for survival and adaptation. I will differentiate necessary aggression from that of destructive kinds that most all cultures severely punish when committed.
I remember thinking over 40 years ago when I began my clinical career, that with the rapid advances made in psychotropic agents, psychotherapy would become a venture of the past. A recent editorial published in Schizophrenia Bulletin dispels my myth of becoming unemployed.
Though we are of the same species and in some ways alike, women and men are uniquely different. In this article, I highlight some of the key qualities of this “differentness” as it directly relates to clinical care in behavioral health. One of my most popular trainings is the one on “Brain Sex” which focuses in depth on these ideas.
I live less than an hour from Penn State University, and I taught there for two years. It is located in a region of Pennsylvania commonly referred to as “Happy Valley.” Under the specter of the Jerry Sandusky criminal proceedings wherein he is found guilty of 45 criminal counts of “child rape”, the Valley is experiencing shock, shame, confusion, and division. This circumstance prompted me to develop and implement a training workshop for professionals. In this workshop I discuss the pathogenesis of pedophilia and how to care for the victims of this trauma. This article reflects my synthesis of research and clinical experience regarding the identification of a pedophile.
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