Childhood Firesetting

Fire sometimes symbolic of internal chaos NEW BRAINTREE, MA  It was once believed that playing with fire was a normal, developmental curiosity and could be expected.  Fire is a tantalizing and visually captivating phenomena.  It was once espoused that firesetting was symprtomatic of psychopathology that included cruelty to animals and enuresis.  This triad of emotional … Continue reading Childhood Firesetting

Juvenile Firesetting

Fire sometimes symbolic of internal chaos NEW BRAINTREE, MA  It was once believed that playing with fire was a normal, developmental curiosity and could be expected.  Fire is a tantalizing and visually captivating phenomena.  It was once espoused that firesetting was symprtomatic of psychopathology that included cruelty to animals and enuresis.  This triad of emotional … Continue reading Juvenile Firesetting

Covid-19 pandemic: No more important time for resilience

It has been frequently mentioned that exposure to death and uncivilized brutality has an impact on wellness and personal resilience. Not a surprise. Especially in these pages, I make an effort to point out that the cumulative impact of traumatic exposure slowly whittles away one’s capacity for mental health, empathy and emotional efficacy. “There is … Continue reading Covid-19 pandemic: No more important time for resilience

Behavior regulation and fire: an overlooked sign of inner conflict

Playing with fire can be the most dangerous of all childhood behavior and a sinister expression of rage among adults with severe psychopathology. It is often overlooked as an expression of emotional problems among persons of interest with whom the police encounter. Early in my career at Boston City Hospital I was a member of the … Continue reading Behavior regulation and fire: an overlooked sign of inner conflict

Topics in Behavior

Welcome to Topics pages These pages will provide an overview of contemporary human behavior and behavioral experience.  Because of my background in psychology and law enforcement my natural interest trends toward abnormal behavior.  I have worked with pediatric firesetting and conducted case study research into the contributing factors of childhood fire play.  I have also … Continue reading Topics in Behavior