Dr. Frank McAndrew joined Dr. Tonmoy Sharma and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor on a new episode of ‘In Your Right Mind’ where they discussed the psychology of violence and mass shooters.
San Clemente, Calif. — “In Your Right Mind,” a weekly radio program that features in-depth roundtable discussions of today’s leading behavioral health headlines, aired an informative show “What Creates a Mass Shooter?,” this past Sunday, April 8, at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Talk Radio 790 AM KABC Los Angeles. The broadcast discussed the common psychological profiles of a mass shooter, the effects of mental health and psychological disorders on mass shootings and how the press affects the shooter’s mentality. The show is hosted by Tonmoy Sharma, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Health, who provides an in-depth medical and clinical expertise, and co-host Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
Sunday’s guest is Frank McAndrew, Ph.D., an American social psychologist and professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He is an elected fellow of numerous professional organizations, including Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Midwestern Psychological Association. Dr. McAndrew weighed in on the red flags that cause individuals to commit acts of mass violence, while also discussing how gender, the press and societal commentary play pivotal roles in the cultivation of mass shooters.
There is no fixed definition of a mass shooting, however, it’s an incident involving gun violence that injures four or more people. The U.S. has had more mass shootings than any other country, and according to the Gun Violence Archive, the U.S. experienced 346 mass shooting incidents in 2017.
“The most common psychological profiles of mass shooters are young, male and an individual that does not command the respect of his appearance,” said Dr. McAndrew. “The entire thing is driven by emotions. The person is in resentment, and he feels excluded and angry, which then causes the person to feel like a mass shooting is the alternate and lack for emotional regulations.”
Mental health is the second most common personality profile of mass shooters. Individuals with a mental health disorder feel as if they do not have any support because of the stigma of mental health and face lack of treatment, but in some cases, people have learned how to blend in and not stand out for various reasons.
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About “In Your Right Mind”
“In Your Right Mind” is a weekly behavioral health radio show that covers various topics each week, including mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addiction/dual diagnosis disorders. Dr. Tonmoy Sharma and Stefanie Wilder-Taylor are the hosts of the show. In addition, each program will feature guest speakers throughout the United States participating in a roundtable discussion about headlines in behavioral health. The mission of “In Your Right Mind” is to raise awareness about behavioral health issues that get people talking. The hour-long show airs every Sunday at 5 p.m. PST on Talk Radio 790 KABC Los Angeles. “In Your Right Mind” is produced in conjunction with Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services. For more information, visit www.InYourRightMind.com.