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

Teaching About Neo-Diversity Matters

Everywhere…nooses, swastikas, KKK rallies… around the nation. What is the stimulus for this intergroup tension in America? It’s rapid social change; it’s all about neo-diversity.

Learning Stuff While Missing the Point

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Memory Medic
The best way to remember factoids is the thinking required to understand them.

Study Shows a Bias for Evidence of What We Want to Be True

New experimental findings suggest that we seek and stress corroborating evidence based on what we desire.

Blame: A Not So Guilty Pleasure

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Why We Blame
Everyone tells us that blame is a sin and to forgive is divine. Think again.

The Root of All Evil

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Ambigamy
Doubt is excruciating. No wonder most if not all of us find alluring some simple permanent formula that supposedly alleviates it once and for all.

Psychologists Hold the Future of Democracy in Their Hands

By Guest Blogger on June 12, 2017 in The Guest Room
It's up to psychologists to explain how leaders with a disordered personality pose a threat to society.

What Would Gandhi Do About Trump?

The science of wisdom can help us deal with turbulent political times!

The Art (and Psychology) of the Handshake

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in BrainSnacks
One of the many forms of amusement offered to observers of U.S. President Donald Trump is the "power handshake," also known colloquially as the "alpha" handshake.

Is Teaching Tolerance the Solution or the Problem?

Tolerance is part of discrimination, which explains why we have intolerance. Acceptance is the answer, not tolerance.

Why Social Stigma Matters (Children's Edition)

Children are invoking Trump while engaging in bigoted harassment of classmates. What does this tell us about the role the current political climate plays in shaping our behavior?

Trump Coal Rolls the World

What if Stephen K. Bannon remade Smokey & the Bandit with the coal-rolling Koch bros terrorizing Prius drivers while Scott Pruitt, as the hapless sheriff, pretended to catch them?
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Is Donald Trump Out of His Mind?

Is Donald Trump out of his mind? From a context-centered therapy perspective, not a bit. Sadly, he’s all too much in it.

The "Battered Voter" Syndrome

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 04, 2017 in BrainSnacks
The "battered spouse" syndrome has a counterpart in a "battered voter" syndrome, if people hold a dependent attachment to an "ideological package" inimical to their own interests.

Paying It Forward: Generativity and Your Vagus Nerve

Scientific research suggests that if each of us made an effort to improve our "vagal tone" that we could create an upward spiral that would make the world a better place.

Criticizing Conservatives Can Harm Press Safety

Mainstream media needs to be careful about criticizing conservatives. You can help it be more oriented toward the truth by promoting the Pro-Truth Pledge!

How Authoritarians Leaders Get Away with It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Ambigamy
Authoritarian followers for whatever cause and however motivated, treat life as perfectly manageable with machine-like habits of thought.

How are the Trump Troubles Like the Army-McCarthy Hearings?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Pura Vida
I'm sure that I'm not alone is finding myself glued to the latest Trump Troubles, including Russia Revelations. It brings back memories of sunshine in some bad old days.

Is Trump's Abstinence a Personality Disorder?

By Stanton Peele on May 31, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Rather than quitting drinking without going to AA, as Kurt Anderson indicated was so for George W. Bush, Donald Trump makes us think that abstinence itself causes problems.

Is Truth in the Eyes of the Beholder?

Trump's relationship to truth.

Why Social Stigma Matters

Hate crimes are on the rise. New research helps to explain why.

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.

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."
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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

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.

Why Aren’t People More Open-Minded? Think To-Do Lists

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Ambigamy
One of the best ways to predict behavior is to focus on how events affect people's to-do lists.
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Do You Love a Narcissist?

It’s easy to fall in love with narcissists. They cast a spell, but once you're hooked, the relationship revolves around them, and things change for the worse.

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!

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.