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Morality & Pathology…

On it’s current course, conservative hypocrisy may well become America’s most lasting legacy. Ironically, if they did nothing, perhaps that would be their greatest good.

FBI Director and "Partner" 1939...

A mature personality is one that has attained consciousness of the basic rights and integrity of others.

An adult that has become pathologically fixated at an earlier developmental stage, is at best relegated to perception in technical terms—not having the real capacity to consider and judge others empathetically. more…

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History & Social Consciousness…

Someone I am proud to call a friend, Hans Post, is fond of using the famous quote by George Santayana: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Hans should know.

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In World War II, he was in the German Wehrmacht SS of the famed Skorzeny Kommando. (They were an independent command and radically different from the other murderous legions of SS.) more…

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Ruling Class Psychopaths…

Many of us—especially among the 2.4+ million souls in the American gulag—oppose the reactionary conservative mindset of most of the corporate masters and prison keepers.

For sure, there is a distinct minority that identifies with them and are themselves social predators.

A big part of the problem lies in the fact that most of us fail to recognize their pathology for what it is, a mental disorder.  When we label it religiosity, politics, business, ideology, etc., it tends to pass social muster.

For us psychologists (PsyD), we are trained to diagnose these pathologies as disorders only when they seriously disrupt the person’s normal functioning and social integration.  Perhaps we should revisit that analysis… more…

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Psych-Time & Culture…

Osama bin Laden’s apparent demise is as good a reason as any other to revisit my own experiences with this generation’s most horrific terror attack:  9/11/2001.

NYPD air-view 9/11…

As I wrote in a previous article on this site, I was working in the UNICOR prison factory at the FCI Jesup, Georgia, when the crime occurred.

After lunch and returning to my housing unity, I was met by three prison lieutenants, escorted to the Segregated Housing Unit (SHU; the “hole”), and held incommunicado for the next 50 days.  I knew practically nothing of what had happened. more…

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They’re Coming Outta the Sewers…

I recall a 1966 French film, The King of Hearts(Le Roi de Cœur).  The German Army and villagers flee from a town after planting a bomb to blow it up as the Allies approach.

Rational vs. Conservative...

On the way out, the door is left open to the local insane asylum.  A soldier is sent into the village to defuse the bomb (Alan Bates).  The village is now occupied by the former asylum residents.

The vast majority of us in the American gulag can’t figure out what all these nut cases, social predators, and schizoids are doing in here when most of them are out there and seemingly doing quite well—at the expense of the rest of us. more…

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Political Pathology…

I recall a conversation with a couple of prisoners whom I regarded as evil profiteers with no empathy for others—one of them a general contractor in for defrauding federal money slated for Katrina victims, and the other a Goldman Sachs-style executive in for even greater theft.

Few such profiteers have been incarcerated; afterall, it is their system.

As with other prisoners, they quickly learn that most inmates are perfectly normal persons.  However, they rarely quite get the social connect…the consciousness that most people are not driven to plunder society for their personal wealth, privilege and power. more…

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Prisoner politics…

Federal prison is far more representative of the general American population than many realize.

Freedom abiding…

The laws, prosecutions, and sentencings are really quite arbitrary.  Build ‘em today and they’ll be full tomorrow.

I’d say we all had experiences where something may have gone very wrong.

I can assure you, they’re all represented here in prison.  Of course, we-know-who it primarily impacts upon…  And yes, Virginia, class politics most definitely exists. more…

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Beckerheads & Chickenhawks…

As a doctor of forensic psychology (PsyD), I study a variety of techniques and therapeutic paradigms.  I estimate that the professional discipline of psychology is about one-third science and two-thirds art.

Glenn Beck’s secret dreams…

The time or two I’ve actually watched Glenn Beck, I’ve always been amazed at how he could be so popular.  It reminds me of a reality show—this one from an asylum.

Since I’m not a clinical practitioner, nor is Beck a client of mine, nor do I have any privileged information regarding him, I am not in any violation of professional ethics in these discussions.

Transference and projection is most definitely a well-proven facet of psyche science.  It’s practically impossible for an individual to consistently and effectively disguise the reverse imaging of their internalization.  The process is like a living lie detector. more…

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Prison Psych 101…

I’ve found in my lifetime (68) that there are two basic kinds of religion.  There are those who come together—whatever the denomination or spiritual belief—and create a social betterment.  And those who remain self-serving individuals and use their religion for that purpose.

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In its extreme, the latter is a social pathology…a moral and mental disorder.  In the prison life, we easily see these persons for what they are.  We live side-by-side and quite literally on top of each other.  Hard to avoid one’s misbehavior.

On the other side of the razor-wire however, the so-called free world, or what is today more and more simply minimum security, their self-loathing behaviors, prejudices, hatred, and all-around sociopathy is more hidden, or at least, ignored (until it becomes a behavior sanctioned under criminal statutes, which is increasingly how America, Inc., deals with mental health and social welfare). more…

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Retribution vs. Reconciliation (2)…

This discussion is a continuing one relative to Justice and Reconciliation.

With almost 3 million souls in the American prison system (if one counts the 400,000+ prisoners of the Immigration police, ICE) it seems incredible to contemplate the reality that an estimated 67% of those who are eventually released will return to prison within 3 yrs.

If any fact speaks louder to the bankruptcy of the on-going prison regimen as an utter failure, I’m not aware of it.

One of the wardens I served under was Dennis M. Luther, at FCI McKean, PA.  Luther had the notion of treating inmates with respect and dignity, and made it clear that they’re sentenced to a prison term as punishment, not for punishment. more…