Saturday, May 23, 2015
THE WEEK: Hot Psychology Topics in the News
What a week it has been in the news! On Wednesday, I was on the Nancy Grace show when we covered the horrific Stavopoulos "D.C. Mansion Murder." This tragedy involved the brutal deaths of three adults and a 10-year old child who was tortured and then burned. The suspect is now in custody but there is no way to undo that kind of horror. What possesses someone to commit such horror? Was this individual a sociopath? Was this individual horribly abused as a child? I imagine that we will continue to learn more details about this case in the coming weeks. My heart goes out to the family of Veracilia Figueroa and to the remaining Stavopoulos daughters who were away at boarding school at the time.
Josh Duggar also made major headlines this week as he admitted to sexually molesting girls. The news sent shock waves to the world: Is this the man who moralistically condemned gays? I sent the following tweet on the subject: Are those who preach the loudest the ones hiding the darkest secrets? May we all learn to develop more of a live-and-let-live attitude.
Following the news on a day to day basis can be fascinating at times. What I appreciate most about the news is the way that it can trigger conversation and debate about very important issues. Let's see what happens next week...