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Will Liberals Let Us Institutionalize The Dangerously Mentally Ill? No.

February 19, 2018

Will Liberals Let Us Institutionalize The Dangerously Mentally Ill?   No.

Well, there has been another mass killing at a school and it makes me want to vomit.

The following is a republication on this horrifying topic. I published it on my blog on 9/20/13, 10/2/15, and now on this day, 2/19/18.

Why publish the same article three times? First, not everyone read  my articles on mass shootings when they have been published in the past. Second, I can’t really think of anything new to say about these murderous events that I, and others, have not already said!

Please consider the following: It is meant to address all such shootings; past, present and, so sadly, the ones yet to come.

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I do not know if this guy was a Islamic Terrorist, or a severely mentally ill man on the loose. Someone has reported that he had ties to a white supremacist group, though the logical connection from there to this shooting is yet unexplained.

Whatever is the case, of course Obama immediately blamed guns. It is essential for him to do so because a comprehensive and intelligent analysis of the many real and interacting causes of America’s tragic decline into behavioral chaos will go straight to his own liberal/progressive ideology. An ideology that has steady grown in America over the past decades and has culminated in his own Presidential Marxist regime, as well as our current bloated, ineffectual and corrupted system of government.

The result of this spiritual/political/psychological/sociological spiral of death is  modern America: A stunningly diminished and grotesque shadow of its former self.

If you have read my other blogs on America’s decline, you will know exactly what I am referring to. There are now over 1200 (currently nearly 1700) of my articles. Please enter any search term: Mass Murder, America’s Decline, Socialists, Progressives, etc., and see the truth, as best I can know it. My search box is on the upper right side of this page.

God’s Blessings to you and your loved ones. Please vote and remonstrate with your political  representatives accordingly.

Now, please see my blog, originally published on 9/20/13, below.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/2/15, now 2/19/18

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As a psychologist, with over 40 years of experience, I endorse Ann Coulter’s article below. She speaks the truth on this issue.

Please search my site for former blogs on the “mentally Ill”. simply enter that term in the search box to the upper right and click return.

Thanks to Joe Grunert for forwarding  Ann Coulter’s article to me. Please take time to read it.

VTM, 9/20/13 

There’s been another mass shooting by a crazy person, and liberals still refuse to consider institutionalizing the dangerous mentally ill.   The man who shot up the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Aaron Alexis, heard voices speaking to him through the walls. He thought people were following him. He believed microwave ovens were sending vibrations through his body. There are also reports that Alexis believed the Obamacare exchanges were ready to go.  

Anyone see any bright red flags of paranoid schizophrenia? (Either that, or Obama’s NSA is way better than we thought!)   But Alexis couldn’t be institutionalized because the left has officially certified the mentally ill as “victims,” and once you’re a victim, all that matters is that you not be “stigmatized.”

But here’s the problem: Coddling the mentally ill isn’t even helping the mentally ill. Ask the sisters of crazy homeless woman “Billie Boggs” how grateful they were to the ACLU for keeping Boggs living on the streets of New York City. Ask the parents of Aaron Alexis, James Holmes (Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter), Jared Loughner (Tucson, Ariz., mall shooter) or Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech shooter) how happy they are that their sons weren’t institutionalized.  

Tellingly, throughout the last three decades, the overall homicide rate has been in free fall, thanks to Republican crime policies, from 10 per 100,000 in 1980 to 4 per 100,000 today. (You might even call them “common sense” crime policies.) But the number of mass shootings has skyrocketed from 4 per year, between 1900 and 1970, to 29 per year since then.   Something seems to have gone horribly wrong right around 1970. What could it be? Was it the introduction of bell-bottoms?  

That date happens to correlate precisely with when the country began throwing the mentally ill out of institutions in 1969. Your memory of there not being as many mass murders a few decades ago is correct. Your memory of there not being as many homeless people a few decades ago is also correct.   But liberals won’t allow the dangerous mentally ill to be committed to institutions against their will. (The threat of commitment is very persuasive in getting disturbed individuals to take their medicine.) Something in liberals’ genetic makeup compels them to attack civilization, for example, by defending the right of dangerous psychotics to refuse treatment and then representing them in court after they commit murder.  Liberals won’t even agree to take the most basic steps to prevent psychotics from purchasing guns — yes, GUNS! — because to allow the release of mental health information would be “stigmatizing.” We’re not talking about anorexic girls here. We just need shrinks to tell us if potential gun purchasers are paranoid schizophrenics.  

The disastrous consequences of the deinstitutionalization movement is described in E. Fuller Torrey’s book, “The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens.” Torrey’s book reads like a compendium of America’s most heinous murders since the early ’70s — all of which could have been stopped with involuntary commitment laws, and none of which could have been stopped even with a complete gun ban.   Here are a few:   — “Mary Maloney had decapitated her infant daughter and year-old son. Her husband had tried to have her psychiatrically hospitalized prior to the crime, but she had not met the (legal) criteria for dangerousness.” — “Charles Soper had killed his wife, three children, and himself two weeks after being discharged from Camarillo State Hospital because he failed to qualify as ‘imminently dangerous.'” — “In April 1973… Edmund Kemper (who had been released from a mental hospital a few years earlier when the deinstitutionalization act became law) had been arrested after he bludgeoned his mother to death, then strangled her friend who came to visit. Kemper was also charged with the murders of six female hitchhikers.” Kemper had originally been institutionalized after murdering his grandparents at age 15 because “he tired of their company.”  

In 1972 and 1973, paranoid schizophrenic Herb Mullin went on a killing spree in California that left 13 dead, including a 72-year-old World War I veteran, a college coed, four teenaged campers and a mother with her two little boys, murdered as they played with marbles.   Mullin killed his victims with a baseball bat, knives, his fists, as well as with guns. How’s your “high-capacity” magazine ban going to stop that, Democrats? How would piling on yet more gun control laws have helped the priest whom Herb Mullin beat, kicked and stabbed to death?   What about the elderly boarders that Dorothea Puente — diagnosed with schizophrenia — poisoned and buried in her backyard?   What additional gun restrictions would have helped the group of bicyclists Linda Scates intentionally drove her car into because voices were telling her to “kill the demons”?  

In the decades since the deinstitutionalization movement began, more and more people kept being killed as a result of that movement — including the deinstitutionalized themselves. According to Torrey, between 1970 and 2004, the mentally ill were responsible for at least 4,700 murders in California.   Increasing government spending on mental health programs is not going to stop the mentally ill from committing murder. Like liberals, these are people too sick even to know they need help. As Herschel Hardin, whose son was schizophrenic, wrote in the Vancouver Sun: “If you think you are Jesus Christ or an avenging angel, you are not likely to agree that you need to go to the hospital.”   Liberals will pretend to have missed the news that the Washington Navy Yard shooter was a paranoid schizophrenic. They refuse to acknowledge that the mass murder problem — as well as the homeless problem — only began after crazy people were thrown out of institutions in the 1970s. They tell us crapping in your pants on a New York City sidewalk is a “civil right.” They say that haranguing passersby on the street about your persecution by various movie stars is a form of “free speech.”   Only after a mass murder committed by a psychotic with a firearm do liberals spring to life and suggest a solution: Take away everyone’s guns.   Taking guns away from the mentally stable only makes us less safe: Even psychotics know enough to keep choosing “Gun-Free Zones” for their mass murders.

If Americans are serious about preventing massacres like the ones at the Washington Navy Yard, Newtown, Tucson, Aurora and Virginia Tech, it’s time to review our civil commitment laws.  

After this latest shooting, will the left finally let us do something about the dangerously mentally ill?

 

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How We Create Psychological Disorders In Our Adults

February 16, 2018

How We Create Psychological Disorders In Our Adults.

(The following is an update of a blog that I originally wrote on 11/22/09)

So, how do we create psychological disorders in our adults?

We create psychological disorders in adults by creating them in children. We look the other way as children and teens are continually damaged while they grow to adults, most carrying their totally unnecessary and environmentally inflicted psychological problems with them. 

Charlie Manson once warned, and I paraphrase: These children who come at you with knives, I didn’t teach them, you did…they are your children!

Yes, the truth can come from bizarre places.

The facts are that we allow hundreds of thousands of whoever ends-up making America’s babies, to create the damaging conditions under which infants, children, and adolescents must live and suffer for at least 18 years or more. The damage is done during most formative years of these children’s and teens lives.

What most do not appreciate is that we allow parents, care-takers, and others to do damaging things, often irreparably damaging things, to precious helpless children and teens…long after we identify that they are being severely damaged.  The damaging parents (step parents, parent’s boyfriends or girlfriends, other family members, friends or acquaintances) are allowed to continue to do things. As a result these children can be psychologically harmed for life, injured, killed, or even motivate to kill others. 

All of this now should be painfully clear to all.

In the midst of  ongoing and massively publicized abuse, neglect, rape, and murder of our children; as well as murder of others by our children and teens, we still do not powerfully and effectively intervene to save them and prevent the ongoing resulting human ruination and carnage.

Some might assert that we are intervening and doing all that we reasonably can. But this is not true.

I know it is not true because, as a practicing psychologist I am a sad part of the system that is failing miserably. I have often called the Child Protective Services branch of our Welfare System to report negligent, drug or alcohol-addicted, emotional or physically abusing parents (married, divorced, or never-married)… only to see nothing done, or if something is done, it is too often fails, in a too-little-to-late attempt.

I have made recommendations to courts when divorced, or never-married fathers and mothers, one or both, are warring against the other. They frequently do this by childishly and hatefully propagandizing their children against the other parent. The frequently take their anger out on their children, or step children .This often goes on, one court appearance after another, over years of time; precious years of damaged child development with no resolution to help the children.

Based upon 36 years as a professor of psychology and 40 years of private practice experience and judgment, I have referred very seriously disturbed children and adolescents to inpatient treatment programs only to see many of them turned away because “they do not need that level of treatment”. In decades past, this almost never happened.

When things like these do not make sense, I have learned to attribute the failures to short-sighted increasingly liberal permissive policies and the greater value of parents rights and a disregard of the rights of our children in the court system.

I have also learned to follow the money/insurance…or lack of it, when it comes to mental health services.

I have concluded that all of these and other increasing social and political problems are a reflection of America’s unrelenting cultural decline. This decline is caused by a confluence of many damaging evolutions that are too numerous to catalog here. However, not the least of these many is a general decline in the quality of America’s families as well as religious influences in churches, homes, the media and society at large.

At 75 years of age, watching all of these systemic failures of voting citizens, government, agencies, churches, parents and the media to protect America’s children from psychological harm is very painful. It is the most difficult part of my life.

Some would accuse me of idly complaining about these problems while I do not offer any solutions.

However, I am doing all that I know how to do.

I am just one voice doing my best to define America’s massive child-rearing and acculturation problems. In other writings I have attempted to illustrate and explain these problems and their causes. I have done all of this hoping that finally, our society will develop the courage and dedication necessary to intervene early and forcefully to protect our precious children from the harmful outcomes we horrify most everyone now. 

Wake-up America!

Sadly, if we fail to save our children, we fail to save ourselves and there is much more suffering to come.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., Health Services Provider in Psychology,   2/16/18

 

Life and Death In America

August 7, 2012

Life and Death In America

As a psychologist, I have worked with many people traumatized  by sudden death due to natural causes or accidents. These circumstances are very difficult for all of us to cope with.

The negative emotional contagion involved even extends to similar circumstances that are reported in our newspapers and other media venues. Reported children who killed,  car accidents, industrial accidents, and natural disasters all bring some level of sadness to caring onlookers,  sometimes even shock and horror.

Normally the most horrific of all events are the circumstances where a deranged individual has purposefully knifed, bombed, or gunned down innocent unsuspecting men, women and children in a premeditated effort to kill or maim as many people as is possible. 

Recent recent examples of this kind of human slaughter are so many, and so seared into our consciousness, that they do not need to be recounted here. In fact, I refuse to do so believing that these crazed murderers are too often on a quest for infamous celebrity. They will not get it from me.

What they will get is my vote for a swift death penalty for them and a culture-wide voluntary censorship of their names from the news.

Of course censorship is a bad word in America, but I am calling for voluntary self-sensorship…much as I have done here in my blog. I will not mention the names of mass killers. I want a voluntary censorship similar to that which is culturally imposed upon racial, sexist, ageist, or various sexual slurs that the media and population of America so commonly conform to.

I call for a censorship of mass killers names because I have strong reason to believe that infamous fame, and completion among the infamous is part of what motivates this dastardly bunch. I have found enough evidence in the psychological and sociological scientific research literature to conclude that there is a mechanism in social circumstances that I called behavioral contagion. I define this phenomenon as the spread of particular behavior patterns within a population, via scientifically validated biopsychosocial mechanisms. If you will check your memory of the news within that past several weeks you will see real-world manifestations of this behavioral process pertaining to “copy-cat” mass murders or attempted mass murders.

The consequences that maintain such behaviors are many and some are a product of psychotic thinking. Logical consequences often fail to influence psychotic behavior, but they do influence some psychotic actions as well as thoughts and behaviors that are more reality based.

For these reasons, I must argue that the consequences for mass murderers should be swift death and  social non-personhood. To to be an effective deterrent, death must be delivered  to perpetrators as immediately as possible following the mass murder act. 

Days after a recent mass killing the media trumpeted that “today we will find out what the charges are against the shooter”. What an absurd mockery of our legal system this announcement was.  We are living in a crazy culture.  The man killed or maimed a large number of people (over 70), everyone saw him do it, and he was caught red-handed by the police leaving the scene in full combat garb. There was absolutely no doubt about who did the killing and maiming.

Our laws must provide for a swiftly delivered death penalty in such cases And don’t tell me that it takes years and years and millions of dollars to execute someone…so therefore it is not practical to do . Abortion used to be against the law and that was changed (sadly). Racism used to be legal and that was changed ( good). Marriage among homosexuals was illegal and that is changing (another bad evolution, in my view). All of these dramatic changes, and more, were once viewed as unthinkable. With dozens of observers, video evidence, and DNA testing the death penalty can be swiftly delivered, without application errors. Without question, changes to get this done can be made, if the electorate is sane enough to insist upon it.

Many say the death penalty does not work, that it does not prevent murders, etc. I am far from convinced this is true. I would like to see the incontrovertible evidence in support of this assertion.

In psychology we know that consequences control behavior and that the more immediate the consequence the greater the effect. In America you can clearly murder someone and it will take 10-15 years, a millions of taxpayer dollars, and failed good chances to appeal for a reduced sentence before the murderer is put to death.

My question is: Why would anyone expect to see a deterrent effect under those conditions?! Killers are aware that they will not likely be put to death and their behavior shows it. Criminal behavior demonstrates that there is a deterrent effect when that chances are immediate death for them. Social research shows that prison inmates report having avoided potential victims (people and homes) when they thought they might be armed. In validation of these reports, other rresearch also reliably demonstrates that in every state which has legalized concealed carry for its law-abiding  citizens, violent crime has been rapidly reduced.

You should not be surprised..Psychology’s Law of Effect states that consequences control behavior.  Other important psychological principles related to the certainty, immediacy and magnitude indicate that the more unavoidable,  the quicker and  the bigger the consequence– the more control is exerted. Among humans expected unavoidable, immediate and big consequences control behavior the best!

However, preventing murder in the short run is not the only possible benefit that the swiftly and certainly delivered death penalty is about. It also provides a strong value statement for our impressionable children and our youth. It communicates to our children that America loves, values and protects its good and law-abiding people more than it loves, values and protects the criminals who kill them. Is that a fair and accurate statement?

America has become “so humane” that we blanch at taking the life of a criminals who rape and kill our children repeatedly, or purposefully slaughter  large numbers of innocent people. We worry about fair and humane treatment of the killers.

Now, we simply say how sad and upset we are when our police are shot and killed by criminals, our firefighters perish in flames, or our fighting forces are killed and terribly maimed in combat. Then many of us forget about it and enjoy our lives with not much angst. We fail to consider how unfair and inhumane the loss of these countless innocent victims were.

We commonly do not experience much great pain unless it is our own loved one who is  killed or maimed in the line of duty and dedication to protecting us–or by a criminal. Perhaps this is human nature. It is said that “all politics are local”.  Among other things, this could mean that if something does not affect us directly and personally, we are less hurt by it and therefore not so motivated to work to improve the problem.

Historically America has not gone so easy on horrific crimes and the criminals who perpetrate them. Our present leniency appears to be an artifact of modern and  post-modern  times. It is odd that when our nation was unabashedly religious and even songs with religious words and themes often appeared in our entertainment media (in the 1950’s and earlier) that America had no problem executing killers.

Now that religious influences are being stamped-out of our culture, America has become all bound-up in a legal (protect the criminal from harsh or unfair treatment) Gordian’s Knot.

It is a stunning revelation that as America has grown more humane (“less barbarian”) to its criminals, increasing proportions of our population are trending evermore toward barbarism.

Everywhere I hear gun about control and “how to predict criminal behavior concerns”. But, the ability to protect one’s self clearly prevents crime and research is telling us mass murder is very difficult to predict.

Nowhere do I see a call for old-fashioned justice…”you kill us…we’ll kill you!” 

It is time to cut through the legal crap and to swiftly kill those criminals who kill us. I will bet that if America does this, it will find a gratifying preventive effect with innocent lives saved in the long-run.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

8/7/12

How We Create Psychological Disorders In Our Adults

November 22, 2009

How We Create Psychological Disorders In Our Adults.

(The following is an update of a blog that I originally wrote on 11/22/09)

So, how do we create psychological disorders in our adults?

We create psychological disorders in adults by creating them in children. We look the other way as children and teens are continually damaged while they grow to adults, most carrying their totally unnecessary and environmentally inflicted psychological problems with them. 

Charlie Manson once warned, and I paraphrase: These children who come at you with knives, I didn’t teach them, you did…they are your children!

Yes, the truth can come from bizarre places.

The facts are that we allow hundreds of thousands of whoever ends-up making America’s babies, to create the damaging conditions under which infants, children, and adolescents must live and suffer for at least 18 years or more. The damage is done during most formative years of these children’s and teens lives.

What most do not appreciate is that we allow parents, care-takers, and others to do damaging things, often irreparably damaging things, to precious helpless children and teens…long after we identify that they are being severely damaged.  The damaging parents (step parents, parent’s boyfriends or girlfriends, other family members, friends or acquaintances) are allowed to continue to do things. As a result these children can be psychologically harmed for life, injured, killed, or even motivate to kill others. 

All of this now should be painfully clear to all.

In the midst of  ongoing and massively publicized abuse, neglect, rape, and murder of our children; as well as murder of others by our children and teens, we still do not powerfully and effectively intervene to save them and prevent the ongoing resulting human ruination and carnage.

Some might assert that we are intervening and doing all that we reasonably can. But this is not true.

I know it is not true because, as a practicing psychologist I am a sad part of the system that is failing miserably. I have often called the Child Protective Services branch of our Welfare System to report negligent, drug or alcohol-addicted, emotional or physically abusing parents (married, divorced, or never-married)… only to see nothing done, or if something is done, it is too often fails, in a too-little-to-late attempt.

I have made recommendations to courts when divorced, or never-married fathers and mothers, one or both, are warring against the other. They frequently do this by childishly and hatefully propagandizing their children against the other parent. The frequently take their anger out on their children, or step children .This often goes on, one court appearance after another, over years of time; precious years of damaged child development with no resolution to help the children.

Based upon 36 years as a professor of psychology and 40 years of private practice experience and judgment, I have referred very seriously disturbed children and adolescents to inpatient treatment programs only to see many of them turned away because “they do not need that level of treatment”. In decades past, this almost never happened.

When things like these do not make sense, I have learned to attribute the failures to short-sighted increasingly liberal permissive policies and the greater value of parents rights and a disregard of the rights of our children in the court system.

I have also learned to follow the money/insurance…or lack of it, when it comes to mental health services.

I have concluded that all of these and other increasing social and political problems are a reflection of America’s unrelenting cultural decline. This decline is caused by a confluence of many damaging evolutions that are too numerous to catalog here. However, not the least of these many is a general decline in the quality of America’s families as well as religious influences in churches, homes, the media and society at large.

At 75 years of age, watching all of these systemic failures of voting citizens, government, agencies, churches, parents and the media to protect America’s children from psychological harm is very painful. It is the most difficult part of my life.

Some would accuse me of idly complaining about these problems while I do not offer any solutions.

However, I am doing all that I know how to do.

I am just one voice doing my best to define America’s massive child-rearing and acculturation problems. In other writings I have attempted to illustrate and explain these problems and their causes. I have done all of this hoping that finally, our society will develop the courage and dedication necessary to intervene early and forcefully to protect our precious children from the harmful outcomes we horrify most everyone now. 

Wake-up America!

Sadly, if we fail to save our children, we fail to save ourselves and there is much more suffering to come.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., Health Services Provider in Psychology,   2/16/18

 


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