Experts say violence by loners is difficult to predict

28 May 2014
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Mass murderers tend to have a history of pent-up frustration and failures, are socially isolated and vengeful, and blame others for their unhappiness, experts say. “They all display deluded thinking and a lot of rage about feeling so marginalized,” James Garbarino, a professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago, said in an e-mail. Since mass killings are extremely rare, scholars say there’s no way to predict who has deadly intentions, let alone who will reach a breaking point and take action. Past violence is a clue, but in Rodger’s case, police did not see him as a threat to himself...

How to turn any enemy into a friend

28 May 2014
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Little children and already acting mean

28 May 2014
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Experts say bullying can start as young as age three, when children usually begin the process of gender segregation, and is more prevalent among girls than boys. WSJ’s Sumathi Reddy joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Toni Greaves for The Wall Street Journal. Children still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and intentionally exclude others, say psychologists and educators who are increasingly noticing the behavior and taking steps to curb it. Special programs are popping up in elementary schools to teach empathy as a means of stemming relational aggression, a psychological...

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