Posts tagged "psychology"

The Persecution Complex: When Difficult people become more than annoying

The Persecution Complex: When Difficult people become more than annoying
So, I’m a part of this Facebook group. Now, right there, that first sentence spells nothing but strife and trouble, as all Facebook groups are a breeding ground for loonies and prime examples of evolution gone awry. It’s a place where people go to bond with other like-minded individuals who enjoy or take part in... Read more »

“Here pity only lives when it is dead": a moment in the Chicago neighborhood of John Wayne Gacy

The quote in the title of this article is from Dante Alighieri’s immortal poetic depiction of hell, The Inferno. The Inferno is a perfect moniker for where I wound up yesterday on a beautiful Monday in Chicago. Throughout my childhood I heard the name John Wayne Gacy passed around like a boogeyman, a hush falling... Read more »

Dennis Hastert and the psychology of an abuser: a (fictional) interview with the convicted molester

Dennis Hastert and the psychology of an abuser: a (fictional) interview with the convicted molester
Dennis Hastert sat across from me, his seventy-four-year-old face riddled with frown lines. A recent stroke confined him to a wheelchair and he sat hunched slightly as if the weight of the world was residing on the shoulders of his Brooks Brothers suit. I had been summoned here to analyze this man after he was convicted,... Read more »
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