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In Defense of South Hadley High School

by Izzy KalmanApril 18, 2010Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying Ever since the horrific school shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, school administrators have been clamoring to have school anti-bullying laws passed, believing that such laws will give schools the power to put an end to bullying among students. What […]

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The “Perfect” Anti-Bully Law

by Izzy KalmanMarch 3, 2009Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying For years, I have been wondering why I am the only mental health professional in the world that has been warning the public against anti-bully laws. If these laws so obviously violate the psychological principles I learned, they must also violate the psychological […]

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New Evidence Against Anti-Bully Policies

by Izzy KalmanJanuary 6, 2009Psychology Today Blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying First of all, I want to thank everyone who left comments to my previous–and first–Psychology Today blog entry. The response was great, and I consider it a good beginning to my mission to use this blog to end society’s devastating witch-hunt for bullies. […]

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Schools are Getting Safer

by Izzy Kalman (April 2002) In my essay, Columbine Made Simple, I explain that there is no “epidemic of violence” in our schools. Despite the national hysteria about this “epidemic,” school violence has actually been on a steady decline. Why do experts and organizations that deal with violence prevention keep promoting the myth of this […]

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Time to Call Off the Anti-Bully Witch-Hunt

by Izzy Kalman (May 2008)A couple of weeks ago (April 20) marked the 9th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, the event that gave rise to the most massive witch-hunt in human history, the anti-bully movement. In our zeal to prevent further Columbine-type events, our society has decided to target “bullies,” in the naïve belief that […]

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The Official Promotion of Fear

by Izzy Kalman (May 2008)I recently read The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things by sociologist Barry Glassner (Basic Books, 1999). Glassner shows how the media, politicians, and various advocacy groups use fear to promote their interests. Quite simply, fear brings them power and money. This book was written before […]

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On Freedom of Speech and Incitement to Violence

by Izzy Kalman (October 2007)I’m sure many of my readers wonder why I deal with political matters in a newsletter that is seemingly about psychological matters. The truth is that the separation between psychology and politics is an artificial one. All political actions are psychological actions because they involve human behavior. And while psychology is […]

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