Researchers measured high- and low-adversity participants' feelings of compassion.
Most of us can't imagine wanting absolute control over a nation or feeling compelled to commit mass murders — so then what is it about a dictator's psychology that makes them different?
- The world over, dictators seem to share similar characteristics — a need for admiration, excessive paranoia, and ruthless brutality.
- At the same time, a relatively healthy, "normal" individual will have a great deal of difficulty putting themselves in a dictator's shoes.
- It's not enough to just chalk it up to evil: What condition could explain dictators' bizarre desires and behaviors?
With little progress on other avenues to preventing mass shootings, one firm has employed architecture to save students.
- A school in Michigan is being remodeled in a way to minimize the effect of a shooter should the worst happen.
- It features limited sight lines, bullet proof windows, and doors that can be locked at the push of a button.
- Some research casts doubt on how effective the plans will actually be.
Is it time media outlets stop publishing the names and photographs of mass shooters?
- The study examined mass shootings from 1966 to 2018, finding that shootings have become more common and more deadly since 2000.
- The results showed that fame-seeking mass shooters received significantly higher media coverage than their counterparts, with 97 percent of fame-seeking mass shooters getting a mention from the New York Times.
- Recent research shows connections between the amount of media coverage on mass shootings and their likelihood to occur shortly after.
When you combine feelings of resentment with the societal praise of leaving one's mark, it forms a lethal cocktail.
- The common characteristic of mass shootings in America is that they are being perpetrated by men.
- Masculinity, in the modern day, still entails that men fight and act on their aggressive impulses.
- When men, who are taught to "leave their mark," experience isolation and loneliness, they often leave their stamp on horrendous atrocities.