The Psychology of Politics

The world of politics reflects human nature in all its rational and irrational glory. How we govern ourselves and make decisions, use and often abuse power, reflect our deepest fears at least as much as our aspirations and ideals. Because many of the world's biggest problems are behavioral in nature, policies, to be successful, must grapple with our innermost attitudes.

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Whitehouse Republicans- Trump's Victims or Silent Partners?

12 Characteristics of an Abuser and Definitions of Victim and Silent Partner

Free Health Insurance Makes Kids Resilient

In the debate over health insurance, we’re forgetting that research proves that children with access to health care out-perform children with none.

Is Truth in the Eyes of the Beholder?

Trump's relationship to truth.

How to Get Work Done in a Politically Charged Office

Read these tips to stay sane and productive while avoiding political dialogue.

Autism, Guardianship, Self Determination, and Housing

There's a controversy brewing over supported housing for autistic people. Are autistic communities supportive or oppressive? Who decides - autistics or parents?

A Message With Broad Appeal

An analysis of the persuasiveness of President Trump's speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit on May 21, 2017.

Conspiracy Pathology

Conspiracy theories shade into mental illness, as in the dream that destroyed David Crowley and family. The ambiguity that gives conspiracy thinking power also invites delusion.

On This Memorial Day

By The Research Lab on May 22, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Reflecting on sending soldiers into harm’s way.

The Age of Dissociation

We are past the point of anxiety, and our defenses are maxed out.

Trump and the Psychology of Pro Wrestling

How does Donald Trump uses wrestling tactics to get ahead? This article on the psychology of pro wrestling sheds some light on our "heel-in-chief."

Why Are Some States "Tighter" Than Others?

State-level differences in making and enforcing rules can help us understand why illicit drug use is lower—and levels of cautiousness are higher—in the South than in the West.
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Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman on the American Psyche

By Pythia Peay on May 18, 2017 in America On The Couch
Your ancestors went through the anguish of breaking with their mother country [Britain], even fighting and killing the soldiers of “the mother.” Marion Woodman

Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Media Spotlight
According to one estimate, the number of veterans without stable accommodation was placed at nearly 58,000 (twelve percent of the known homeless across the U.S.) as of 2013.

Fair Contests Vs. "Fair" (Even) Outcomes

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Ambigamy
GOP antics teach key lessons about what fairness really means.

Fear Trump? Fear Muslims? Or fear HOW we fear, itself

Some fear President Trump. His supporters fear Muslims and immigrants and 'others'. Our radically different fears reveal something truly scary about human cognition.

How Can We Tell Whether Comey's Firing Was Justified?

It's hard to parse complex political accusations. Behavioral science provides a few easy tips on how to do so!
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How the Republican Healthcare Bill Kills

The only true improvement on the ACA that can be made is to repeal it in favor of a single payer system.

Let’s Make an Effort to Be More Reflective and Less Reactive

We cannot be reflective while in a reactive state, because it interferes with our listening abilities and lends itself to misleading accounts and impressions.

Do You Realize How Far Trump's Religion Speech Went?

By David Niose on May 14, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The president's commencement speech to evangelical graduates should shock anyone paying attention. It defined American values in terms of Christian nationalism.

Should You Talk Politics at Work?

These days, talking politics in the workplace is about as avoidable as breathing. But weighing the risks to your job is a worthwhile endeavor before jumping in with both feet.

Why Do People Believe Things that Aren’t True?

In the face of our “post-truth” era of politics, it’s hard to know what to believe. According to research, whether we know it or not, most of us harbor false beliefs. Do you?

This is What Institutionalized Sexism Looks Like

How is women's access to affordable health care and services being impacted by the recent GOP plan?

A Proposal to Provide Hope For Middle-Aged Men Left Behind

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Listen Up!
Men's pain today has to do with relationships, not just employment

Psychological Science says Trump is a Four Year Old

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Insight Therapy
It’s quite impossible to watch president Trump and remain unperturbed. But why?

Government Criminalizes Sexual Fantasy

Erotic age role-play between adults is incredibly common. Unfortunately, prosecutors and juries think it's sick and dangerous.

Connecticut Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBT Youth

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 12, 2017 in Political Minds
Connecticut makes it illegal to practice conversion therapy on gay or transgender youth.
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An Australian Psychologist in Chicago

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on May 11, 2017 in Post Clinical
Community psychology offers an alternative form of psychological practice.

Why Donald Trump Could Benefit From LSD Therapy

Research shows just one psychedelic therapy session can be a transformative experience that changes perspectives and reframes life priorities. What could it do for Donald Trump?

The Firing of Comey and the Empathy Gap

Are you as perceptive as you believe?

Teamwork, Community, and the Release of Joel Guerrero

Joel Guerrero was detained by ICE for shoddy reasons, leaving a pregnant wife home alone and a community in stress. Today, Joel is free, due in part to political activism.