Donald Trump has defiantly flipped the presidential script, with chaos and deliberate combativeness the new norm. Millions around the globe are baffled by the personality in play, and those alarmed by his tactics and policies seek to shore up their own emotional reactivity and navigate the civic, legal and ideological battles playing out daily, from Twitter to the federal courts.   

Recent posts on President Donald Trump

Trump's "S–hole" Remark: What to Say to Our Kids?

By Thomas Lickona, Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Raising Kind Kids
Not sure whether to talk to your kids about President Trump's reported "s—hole countries" remark, or what to say if you do?

The Psychology of Trump's Fake News Awards

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in Intentional Insights
Think that Trump's "Fake News Awards" are a joke? Think again: they are deadly serious.

Why Have So Many Americans Lost Their Trust in Facts?

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
A new study pinpoints various trends that are driving America's growing skepticism about "facts."

Cat Person, Aziz Ansari and Power in the Age of Trump

The New Yorker's "Cat Person" short story seemed to be a prelude to the current Aziz Ansari story. What can we learn about power and vulnerability in the Trump era?

Purely Symbolic and Without Substance?

By The Research Lab on January 15, 2018 in The Fundamentals
Using racially coded language.

Calling Trump Childish Shows How We Disrespect Children

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 14, 2018 in Freedom to Learn
We've taken long strides toward moving beyond the negative stereotyping of many groups. Let's now stop stereotyping children negatively, too.
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Up with the Wealth Gap!

The tax cut locked in a 21.5% increase in the value of U.S. stocks, the majority of which are owned by the wealthiest 2% of U.S. households. Do Americans get it?

Stigma, Psychopathology, and President Trump

Virtually everyone experiences a decline in fluid intelligence after about 70 years on the planet.

He’s Pavlov and We’re the Dogs: Learning and Human Behavior

The science of learning has more fully developed the nature and function of Pavlovian conditioning than is commonly believed. This form of learning is vital to adaptive behavior.

Media Coverage Can Change Minds

Identifying as American may be a key factor in how you respond to coverage of Trump's policies.

Seeking Justice or Enhancing a Victimized Identity?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
There is always a potential tension between seeking justice and emphasizing a victim narrative.

How and Why to Diagnose Psychopathic Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Evil Deeds
When are mental disorders defined and diagnosed by the suffering inflicted on others?

Diagnosing Trump: A Reply

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
The issues of diagnosing President Trump are complicated, in part because there is no consensus on what constitutes a mental disorder to begin with.

Trump, Wolff, and Freedom of the Press

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on January 06, 2018 in Suffer the Children
"I will tell you the one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common: They all say he is like a child.”

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Should mental health professionals get involved with diagnosing the president?

The Obvious Which, Ignored, Makes Anyone a Jerk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Ambigamy
Don't want to be a jerk? Remember that winning and being right are not the same thing.

Research Shows Higher Hostile Sexism among Trump Supporters

Research shows that hostile sexism won the day in the 2016 election. Will we continue to permit our society to be governed by bias, leading to avoidable suffering and inequality?

An Analysis of Trump Supporters Has Identified 5 Key Traits

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in Mind In The Machine
The president's backers share some consistent and troubling characteristics.

2018 Predictions: Best if We Don't Count on Them

Empowering ordinary Americans in 2018 requires fighting overconfidence.

The Appeal of Unequally Distributed Tax Cuts

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in The Big Questions
Do people want less, if it means other people don't get more? How do studies testing this potentially relate to the support (or lack of support) for Trump's new tax cuts?

Political Humor Gone Wrong

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in What’s So Funny?
When the president tells a joke, sometimes it's really not a joke at all. But does he know it?

How to Win Mindless Loyalty

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Ambigamy
Wouldn't it be fun to have people who think you're right no matter what you think or do? A little dangerous, perhaps, but fun. Here's how to get it.
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Trump Divided America With Psychology — Here's How We Heal

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 27, 2017 in Mind In The Machine
President Trump has increased collective anxiety, creating division and tribalism. But recognizing these psychological effects can allow us to reverse them with cognitive control.

The Deadly Cost of Censoring the CDC

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 21, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Censoring the CDC could result in more deaths, especially among the most vulnerable—babies and children.

Did the Election of a Black Man Inadvertently Harm Women?

The backlash against Barack Obama has turned toxic.

Trump Administration Bans Word "Transgender" from CDC Budget

By Jack Turban MD MHS on December 19, 2017 in Political Minds
The Trump administration prohibits the CDC from using the word transgender in budget documents. What does this mean for the future of transgender health?

Why “Science-Based” Matters

The White House has requested that the CDC bans various words and phrases—including “science-based.” This is a problem. Here is why.

How Fear Is Being Used to Manipulate Cryptocurrency Markets

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mind In The Machine
The world of cryptocurrency is profitable and intellectually intriguing, but misinformation campaigns that use psychological manipulation are creating chaos for investors.

Is This What Revolution Feels Like?

What emotions are fueling the revolution? And what do these emotions tell us about what's likely to happen next?

Why Do People Vote Against Their Best Interests?

What is the psychology behind supporting a leader who doesn’t represent an individual’s interests?