What Happens To Our Minds During Pandemics, Natural Disasters, Terrorist Attacks, and Other Extreme Calamities? Whether natural or man-made, local or global, disasters impact our thinking and behavior on both a personal and societal level. Even rather ordinary crises in our personal lives like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship trigger overwhelming feelings. At the societal level, group anxieties coupled with the moral pressure to conform can send us all down the path to ruin. Why does this happen and, through understanding human psychology, how can we prevent this in the future? In this highly original and engagingly written book, Author Christopher J. Ferguson examines how pandemics, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other events of mass hysteria impact our psychology and prevent us from adequately responding to, preventing, or learning from those calamities.
Catastrophe! How Psychology Explains Why Good People Make Bad Situations Worse
Christopher J. Ferguson
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8 January 2023
Christopher J. Ferguson is a psychology professor and avid fan of all things dark, mysterious and scary! He is a professor of psychology at Stetson University where he teaches classes related to forensic psychology and his interest in the darker sides of human behavior carry over into his fiction writing. Dr. Ferguson also researches media effects, including violent video games, "sexy" media and body image issues. He has published over 100 scientific articles on these topics and participated in Vice President Biden's talks on video games following the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting (when it turned out the shooter mainly played Dance, Dance Revolution) and the Centers for Disease Control/Institutes of Medicine hearings on gun violence in 2013.
Dr. Ferguson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a respected member of the scientific community. He lives near Orlando with his wife and son where he enjoys SCUBA, playing his guitar and being frightened by a good, scary book!