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What can the Ft. Hood Shootings and Boston bombing incident tell us?

When children are shot, Boston is bombed, and seemingly “crazy” soldiers shoot at fellow soldiers; we look to psychiatry to explain what happened. The answers are empty labels and more empty promises to get the bottom of these incidents. Society pressures us to accept these labels? But are they simply indicators that the ancient family emotional process is behind our inability and or reluctance to understand problems.

The social group’s tendency to blame one person for problems is so deep that we never question its validity. It is easy to “see” that one person did the shooting and to find a diagnostic code that fits. There is no “social system” code. There are indicators that big data could yet save the day but first lets look at where we are today. Read more.

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