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CBS3: The psychology behind mass shootings

Interview with Dr. Eric Spiegel after the Orlando mass shootings.

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/3414544-psychologist-dr-eric-spiegel-speaks-out-on-orlando-shooter/

Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Teens’ immature brains pose all sorts of dangers’

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/kidshealth/20150201_Teens__immature_brains_pose_all_sorts_of_dangers.html

From the story:

“Teenagers define themselves by how they fit in,” says Philadelphia and Main Line psychologist Eric Spiegel. “Social media allows them to hold a mirror up to themselves and gives them an immediate sense of where they stand.”


WHYY, ‘The Pulse’: Using hypnosis to search the unconscious for clues in cold cases

https://whyy.org/segments/using-hypnosis-to-search-the-unconscious-for-clues-in-cold-cases/

From the story:

That’s how Center City psychologist Eric Spiegel has used hypnosis on patients.

“There is some research that shows different centers of the brain are activated in hypnosis. It’s controversial about how the consciousness shifts. And it’s also a difficulty area to capture because it’s going to vary person to person,” Spiegel said.

He said hypnosis can be used as therapy to change behavior, or to gain insight about an area of someone’s life and to cope with trauma. But what does he make of its use in solving crimes?

“So here’s the problem,” Spiegel said. “The goals of the legal field and the goals of the mental health field are divergent. You know, in law, there’s an objective truth that one is trying to pursue. In mental health, we understand that truth is inherently subjective.”

U.S. News & World Report: Can Hypnosis Help You Lose Weight?

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/mind/articles/2018-08-13/can-hypnosis-help-you-lose-weight

From the story:

“It’s not like you’re going to get hypnotized and you’re not going to know who you are and you’re going to be made to do something by someone,” says Eric Spiegel, a clinical psychologist in the greater Philadelphia area who serves as president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. “I’m going to offer you ideas and choices and let you lead the way, but I’ll kind of help you figure out the path.”