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Peter Langman
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20. August 2010
In the horrific aftermath of school shootings, distraught communities struggle to make sense of these seemingly senseless acts. Despite massive media coverage, we know little about what drives young perpetrators or how they rationalize their acts. In this breakthrough analysis, Dr. Peter Langman presents the psychological causes of school shootings and offers unprecedented insight into why certain teens exhibit the potential to kill. He shows how to identify early signs of possible violence and offers preventative measures that parents and educators can take to protect their communities.

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  • Taschenbuch: 231 Seiten
  • Verlag: Palgrave; Auflage: 1 (20. August 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0230101488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230101487
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,5 x 16,3 x 1,8 cm
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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 'Langman offers a paradigm of three specific categories of youth offenders - psychopathic, psychotic, or traumatized...Langman fully discusses long-term exposure to violence, genetic predisposition to violence, recurrent alienation from mainstream society, depression, narcissism, and lack of empathy, as well as improperly challenged and constrained rage in the context of these three categories...He also looks at cases of youth who are not as notorious and whose intent to kill others was thwarted, and ends with lessons that can be learned from these and other cases. In addition, Langman presents research that informs current practice with disconnected, enraged youth. Langman believes that school shootings can be prevented, and his analysis offers reflections on how prevention can occur. A vital, phenomenal, extremely valuable work. Summing up: Essential. all levels / libraries.' - D.E. Kelly, Adelphi University, CHOICE (Sept. 2009) 'Peter Langman's book Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters is a highly readable, engaging text that analyzes 10 school shooters, outlines a typology that classifies school shooters into three distinct categories, uses the author's personal experience in assessing potential school shooters, and outlines practical lessons from foiled and actual attacks...The author's extensive review of law enforcement records, clinical insight from his own professional work, and ability to clearly organize all of the information have resulted in a well-written book that is long overdue.' - Brandon Robbins, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books 'The result of his decade-long inquiry...plumbs the interior lives of 10 notorious school shooters - including Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho - to draw conclusions about what set them off.' - Michael Rubinkam, The New York Times 'A thorough analysis of recent school shootings and a helpful prescription for prevention geared to readers outside the psychiatric profession.' - Library Journal 'Mr. Langman, who is the clinical director of KidsPeace, an Orefield, Pa.-based charity that provides mental-health services for children and teenagers in 11 states, draws 10 lessons for parents and educators from his studies of school shootings across the United States.' - Debra Viadero, Education Week 'Dr. Langman's professional expertise and exhaustive research combine to produce a remarkably comprehensive psychological analysis of school shooters that will revolutionize our understanding of this phenomenon. This book provides an in-depth psychological analysis of school shooters that easily can be understood by non-professionals. The outstanding balance between psychological insight and plain language makes this book invaluable to anyone who works with children.' - Mary Ann Swiatek, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and member of the Association for Psychological Science 'Dr. Langman...clearly identifies the enormity of the feelings of isolation and meaninglessness that plagued these children. Shows what we can do to make schools safe and homes friendly and child focused. Perhaps his greatest contribution is to point out that hyper reactive child exist in a social context that if it is not empathic and helpful can perhaps trigger the calamites he describes.' - Stuart Twemblow, author of Why School Anti Bullying Programs Don't Work 'We desperately need this book. It provides an interior view of the mind of rampage school shooters that helps us understand the origins of the narcissism, paranoia, sadism, and thwarted rage that appears to motivate them. Through the learned hands of Peter Langman, we come to understand the differences between shooters who are pyschopaths and those who are schizophrenics, and why these distinctions matter. A dispassionate, but clinically powerful analysis, Why Kids Kill, will be of great interest to teachers, parents, school administrators, and law enforcement officials who are responsible for prevention and treatment.' - Katherine S. Newman is the senior author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings and the Forbes '41 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, USA


This work presents a much-needed diagnosis of teen violence in America. Peter Langman is a specialist in treating potentially homicidal teenagers. He's conducted research on the Columbine murders, and has over 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. He has given numerous interviews on the subject of youth at risk, including in "USA Today", "Family Circile", and "Parenting" magazine, and has lectured widely at universities and conferences on the subject. In 2007, there were at least 10 school shootings, including the tragic Virginia Tech massacre. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that peer pressure is the cause, Langman shows that the answer to why kids do this lies entirely in their own psychology. This work offers advice on how to talk to children about school shootings and provides a list of warning signs that educators, parents and healthcare professionals can watch for in children.From examining the material evidence of notorious school shooters at Columbine and Virginia Tech to addressing the mental states of the violent youths he treats, Langman shows how to identify early signs of homocide-prone youth and what preventive measures parents and communities can take to protect themselves from the tragedy. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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Peter Langman führt in seinem Werk eine bahnbrechende Analyse der "Shooter"-Persönlichkeiten durch. Es ist zum einen beängstigend, wenn man Einblick in die Welt dieser Amokläufer erhält, zum anderen wird deutlich, wie massiv normdeviant deren Persönlichkeit und Verhalten ist. Mobbing über einen längeren Zeitraum, wie in den Medien und der Öffentlichkeit immer wieder kolportiert, reicht nicht annähernd für einen Amoklauf aus. Dieses Buch ist allen an der Thematik Interessierten zu empfehlen und dient in hohem Maße einer Versachlichung und Verwissenschaftlichung der Diskussion. Nicht zuletzt dient es auch dem in der schulischen und erzieherischen Praxis Tätigen dazu, eine erste Einschätzung eventuell problematischer Schüler / Jugendlicher vorzunehmen.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What happened to context? 2. Juli 2009
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I have read Dr. Langman's book with great interest. What he does is take 10 cases -- those with the greatest media coverage -- and attempt to classify the school rampage shooters using categories of psychological dysfunction. To this end he develops three major types: psychopathic, psychotic, and traumatized shooters. To begin with, Dr. Langman begins with one major, seemingly reasonable, assumption: school rampage shooters are psychologically troubled. Well, yes. This is hardly news breaking information. However, as Dr. Langman notes, there is no straight line from psychopathology, psychosis, or psychological traumatization to school shootings, which are extremely rare occurrences. Therefore, Dr. Langman has the same problem as all psychological profilers: false positives. There are hundreds of thousands of American adolescents that fit into Dr. Langman's categories who are not violent in the least way. Therefore, the explanatory power of his paradigm is nil.
As with all typologies, there are border problems. Dr. Langman's typology leaks. His problem is Dylan Klebold. Dylan, an obviously depressed teenager who has problems related to his sexuality and religious/ethnic identities fits none of those categories. Therefore, Dr. Langman defines him as borderline psychotic with the schizotypal label. A person with less investment in identifying school shooters as psychotic or severely abused might identify Dylan Klebold as a teenager dealing with normal problems of self-esteem, sexuality, identity, and social location. Dylan was shy, not sure how to deal with the female gender, felt unattractive, had a Jewish background he tried to hide, was not well regarded by his peers, was not terribly athletic in a hypermasculine environment, and was a member of an outcast adolescent subculture. However, he was bright, self-aware, articulate, had a small group of friends, and an intact, supportive family.
The 800 pound gorilla in the room for all psychological profilers, including Dr. Langman, is why school rampage shootings emerged as a social phenomenon in the early 1980s, rising to a peak in 1998-1999, and tapering off in the United States after 2005, with the last rampage shooting in October, 2007, by Asa Coon, in Cleveland, Ohio. To this, Dr. Langman's research does not speak, nor can it, because he fails to deal with context. Even if there were some explanatory power in his paradigm, he does not explain why certain psychopaths, psychotics, and traumatized youths chose school rampage shootings as an expression of their "existential rage" (his term) during this period of American history, while such acts were nonexistent or isolated incidences in previous eras.
Dr. Langman's book demonstrates the problems of psychological profiling. First, it is reductionistic by assuming that school rampage shootings can be attributed to a single cause. In this, he shares the same flaw as Dave Cullen in his book, "Columbine." Second, school rampage shootings are complex phenomena that are caused by a confluence of factors, only one of which is the psychological makeup of the shooter. Dr. Langman's work has nothing to say about why school rampage shootings are more prevalent in the American South and West than in the Northeast or why they are almost always located in rural and suburban schools rather than urban ones. It is surprising that a psychologist would give short shrift to motivation. In his examples, Klebold and Harris had very specific motivations: to get back at jocks for the humiliation they received at their hands, to strike back at a social system that relegated them to the bottom strata, to show evangelical students who were the "gods," to assert a hypermasculine identity, to become an inspiration to other "oppressed" students, and to become famous. However, Andrew Wurst and Kip Kinkel could not articulate why they engaged in their rampage shootings. How do these important psychological phenomena fit into Dr. Langman's typology? The problem with Dr. Langman's work is that it is essentializes personality disorders, attributing causality to them, rather than examining the relationships between individuals and their environments.
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To say I liked this book would be misleading. I hated every word of this book, but I could not stop reading it. I read it all in one sitting, forgoing any attempt at sleeping, until I reached the end. After reading this book, I see that these ten shooters were actually people, which possibly makes the entire matter more disturbing. Somehow, by the end of the section on Klebold, I was feeling equal parts horror and pity. I even managed to muster up some pity for Harris. Some part of me realized that some of these boys were feeling this very similar to things I felt in high school, that probably everybody felt In high school. The difference is, these boys chose the most extreme thing they could.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a well written important book 7. Mai 2009
Von William J. Hirschman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have just completed reading "Why Kids Kill" by Dr. Peter Langman and feel that this book should be read by all thinking people. It is an intelligent, well reasoned book on an extremely important subject which should be read by all school faculty and school psychologists and parents. If we can better understand our children and recognize aberrant behavior we can hopefully prevent these horrible events from devestating our children again.
What happend in Columbine and elsewhere must and can be prevented. This book is a MUST READ by all!

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Ardsley, NY
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very informative 24. April 2009
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I thought this was a fascinating book that is easy to read. It gives a window into the psychology of a school shooter that the media never delves into when these tragedies occur. I found that I learned something on every page. I can understand the parents of these tragedies wanting full and complete answers, and even though this book doesn't satisfy all those answers and may conflict with some core hypotheses, I think the book has tremendous value to help us detect and hopefully curtail any potential killers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most comprehensive analysis of the psychology of school shooters yet published 29. April 2009
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Dr. Langman's clear and logical analysis of the minds of school shooters peels off layer after layer of information about these young men until he exposes the complex psychological torture with which they lived. He meticulously analyses the lives of almost a dozen school shooters. We learn that the shooters were all severely mentally ill, and not just the products of bullying or peer isolation - which were just the tip of the iceberg. We learn in depth how these young people fit into different categories of mental illness and their common symptoms. The advice that Dr. Langman gives us all on identifying symptoms of dysfunction in our young people is invaluable. His book does not just pertain to the Columbine tragedy; it delves into the minds of the school shooters up until the present time. [...]
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