February 18, 2012

A Clinician's View of the Laptop-Shooting Dad

Chris J. Ferguson, Time


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By shooting his daughter’s laptop and posting the event on YouTube, Tommy Jordan has become a minor celebrity. His actions give catharsis to perennial adult frustration with teenagers. But watching the video I was struck not only by his own words but also those of his daughter (read aloud by Jordan) which, to me, reflected not moral high ground by either party but a cycle of mutual anger, frustration and failure to communicate.

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TAGGED: Parenting, Psychology

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