The Psychological Cost of Being Entertained

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman is a retired US Army Ranger and paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor. He is also the director of the Killology Research Group and actually developed the term “killology,” considered the study of the psychological and physiological effects of killing and combat on the human psyche.

Dave is an accomplished author who has published four novels, two children’s’ books, and six non-fiction books, which include his perennial bestseller On Killing.

Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year for two decades as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, we talk about developing a “bulletproof mind,” the effect that violent visual entertainment has on children, as well as ways to bulletproof your marriage and your kids.

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The Psychological Cost of Being Entertained – Lt. Col. Dave Grossman #566



Key Notes

  • The things all combat individuals need to know 00:07:05
  • The history of children committing murders in the schools 00:10:45
  • Medical technology keeps down the murder rate 00:12:30
  • The “I played those games and I am not a killer” argument 00:19:25
  • Violent visual media inflicted on children 00:21:40
  • “We’re in the middle of an epidemic of sleep deprivation” 00:26:35
  • Why the military has banned energy drinks 00:35:40
  • The snooze alarm is an evil little button 00:36:50
  • Bigger Ideas:
  • State trooper story about (not) PTSD 00:09:10
  • The first amendment should not apply to children 00:18:05
  • Sleep deprivation is one of the greatest predictors of suicide 00:27:50
  • Whenever you look at nature vs nurture, it is always both 00:48:35

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