Category: Threat of Violence

All Threats Are Not The Same

Posted by George L. Vergolias on April 24, 2018

All threats of violence are not the same. Two threats can both be very serious in severity, yet have very different dynamics related to motives, pre-attack warning signs, planning, execution, and lethality. Within the past three days North America experienced a mass shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, and a vehicular mass attack in Toronto, Canada. Details […]

Mental Health Treatment Is Not the Cure-All in Stopping Gun Violence

Posted by George L. Vergolias on February 23, 2018

In the New York Times was a well-written op-ed piece by Dr. Amy Barnhorst of UC Davis clearly outlining the limitations of traditional mental health treatment to prevent mass shootings. She does an excellent job of explaining the design of the involuntary commitment process, the role, and benefit of psychotherapy and the limitations of both. The […]

The Role of Engagement and Leakage in Mass Shootings

The Role of Engagement and Leakage in Mass Shootings

Posted by George L. Vergolias on February 16, 2018

By George Vergolias, PsyD, LP   On February 14th, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz woke up, seemingly did his regular morning routine, and later took an Uber to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, arriving at 2:19 pm EST. He then walked into the school and opened fire with an AR-15, killing 17 and wounding […]

The Contagion Effect of Mass Shootings

Posted by George L. Vergolias on November 10, 2017

Ironic as it sounds in the United States, we’ve seen a burst of mass shootings and attacks in the past few months. Since June of this year we’ve seen 6 such attacks: 6/14/17 Alexandria, Virginia – firearm attack on a US Congressman and his aides at a baseball field; 1 killed, 5 injured 8/12/17 Charlottesville, […]

R3 Speaks: Affective vs. Predatory Violence: All Violence is not the Same

Posted by George L. Vergolias on March 20, 2017

There is a clear and well-developed body of research showing that humans have two distinct psychobiological modes of violence and aggression response. One is Affective, or emotional; the other is Predatory, or targeted. Affective violence mobilizes the emotional “fight or flight” response system, towards thwarting off or evading a threat. Predatory violence mobilizes a more […]

How They Want You to React

Posted by Leslie Bolt on March 28, 2016

On the morning after the bombings in Brussels, Belgium, contributing writer for Forbes Magazine, Loren Thompson posted an article titled Brussels Attacks: How The Terrorists Want You To React. In his article, Thompson (2016) cited five responses that he believed the attackers in Brussels are attempting to provoke: overreaction, blaming, adopting repressive measures, attacking the threat, […]

A New Sense of Urgency

Posted by Leslie Bolt on March 23, 2016

Waking up to news of attacks in Brussels, Belgium seemed an all too familiar story. Their major international airport as well as centrally located subway station was bombed, killing at least 30 people (Rubin, Breeden, & Raghavan, 2016). Only four short months ago Paris, France was attacked by terrorists as well. Although at this time, […]

Too Close to Home

Posted by Leslie Bolt on March 14, 2016

On February 20th, 2016, West Michigan was again changed forever. In the small, quaint town of Kalamazoo, Michigan a gunman went on what appears to be a random shooting rampage which resulted in 6 deaths and two critical injuries (Hall, 2016). As this university town begins to put back together the pieces, those of us […]

Hostility Management in the Workplace and Beyond

Posted by Bruce Blythe on October 2, 2015

R3 Chairman, Bruce T. Blythe, recently published a blog entitled, “Hostility Management in the Workplace and Beyond” for Allied Barton’s Security Services. Follow the link below to read the blog: Hostility Management in the Workplace and Beyond About the Author: Bruce Blythe is an internationally acclaimed crisis management expert, certified clinical psychologist and veteran of the Marine […]