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.   

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Confused About Successful Jerks? Get to Know the Dark Triad

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most of us don’t wish success on selfish, nasty, and dishonest people, and yet many such people are successful. How come?

Anger Over Trump’s Words Harms Our Health: Can We Forgive?

By Rita Watson MPH on August 17, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
If we are angry about Trump's Charlottesville words, we can instead cling to the words of Nelson Mandela, as cited by Barack Obama in the most liked tweet in Twitter history.

The Civil War Continues in Charlottesville

The science of social connection explains the allure of racist supremacist movements, and what we can do to reverse bias and discrimination.

Rising Toxic Masculinity and Authoritarianism in America

By Ray Williams on August 17, 2017 in Wired for Success
Toxic masculinity, authoritarianism, and the militarization of America threaten the foundations of democracy.

Buyer’s Remorse

By Harold Sigall Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Wishful Thoughts
The consequences of your decisions.

Where Do You Really Stand in the Wake of Charlottesville?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Following the Charlottesville riots, reactions are disturbingly mixed. Here’s how to strengthen your thinking about the effects of racism.

Will Trump's Twitter Feed Have Unexpected Boomerang Effects?

By Christopher Bergland on August 15, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Will President Trump's latest Tweets directed at American CEOs result in unexpected outcomes? The theory of psychological reactance helps to explain some of the dynamics at play.

On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.

Coal Miners and Resilience

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Making families and communities resilient when industries are in decline is possible but we have to give people the resources they need to build new lives.

Why the Opioid Commission Recommendations Will Fail America

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 15, 2017 in Sure Recovery
The recent White House Opioid Commission's Interim Report could have negative effects. My recommendations can help avoid that.

Why Trump's Comments About Charlottesville Matter

Trump's choice not to immediately denounce white supremacists for their views and their violence was dangerous.

Charlottesville and Self-Segregation

No, Trump,"hatred, bigotry violence" steming from conflict that's become chronic due to self-segregation by straight white Chrisitans is not from "many sides, on many sides."

Personality and Potential Nuclear Confrontation

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in The Stress Test
The possible catastrophe of nuclear war rests on the psychology of just two men

How Facing Nuclear Destruction Could Make Us Wiser.

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 11, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are apparently in a nuclear standoff. Do we find ourselves here again because we can't cope with death anxiety? Terror management theory informs the discussion.

How Are You Preparing for the Apocalypse? I'm Hoarding Books

The way that other Doomsday Preppers might line their cellars with canned goods, gallons of water, boxes of batteries, and cans of Spam, I'm stockpiling every book ever written.
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What Is Mental Illness? Does Trump Have One?

When the term "mentally ill" is used to describe President Trump, is the term being used appropriately?
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No, Mr. President, a Wall Won’t Stop Opioid Overdose Deaths

How does increasing law enforcement to go after international drug cartels serve those who have an opioid abuse problem now? We can help addicts and reunite families, if we act.

Trump's So-Called Victory

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on August 09, 2017 in Peace and War
Why might Russia and the Alt-Right join forces to support Trump? Maybe it was revenge for destroying the USSR, a gamble. Now nuclear war threatens both Empires.

Petition Declaring Trump Mentally Ill Pushes for Signers

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on August 07, 2017 in Me Before We
Group gathers nearly 60,000 signatures from mental health professionals calling for removing Donald Trump from office due to "serious mental illness."

Beware of the Power Elite in Society

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The late, visionary sociologist C. Wright Mills warned that acts of elite deviance that cause social or criminal harm are part of the “higher immorality of the power elite.”

How Do We Parent in the Trump Era?

If we want to live in a world of honesty, integrity, respect, concern for others, and so forth then we have to model these values at every opportunity to do so.

On My Honor

President Trump played on the developmental qualities of the Boy Scouts. We cannot stop his influence, but we can at least act to offset the damage.
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Trump’s Era of Anxiety Is Harming the Nation’s Health

Is our health threatened by the Trump Age of Anxiety? Here's how - and how to fight back.

How to Interrogate a Criminal Suspect, a la Dostoyevsky

By Stanton Peele on July 29, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Law enforcement officers assaulting violent criminals, as Donald Trump suggests they do, is exactly the opposite of the best interrogation techniques for convicting criminals.

Do We, as Americans, Worship God?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in The Secular Life
Most Americans believe in God. But many don't — and their numbers are growing.

The Political Uses of Psychiatric Labels

The "Goldwater Rule" and the psychiatrization of sociopolitical conflict.

Psychiatric Diagnostic Labels: What Do They Mean?

Why is diagnosing Trump such a hot news topic, controversial, and confusing?

Codifying Discrimination: Trump’s Anti-Transgender Policy

Why President Trump’s policy banning transgender Americans from military service promotes a culture of intolerance and is fundamentally flawed.

What To Do When Someone You Love Votes For Someone You Hate

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on July 25, 2017 in I Hear You
America's political landscape is deeply divided, and sometimes our families and friendships are, too. Here's how to talk to people whose political opinions you can't understand.

Misreport Spreads That Psychiatrists May Now Diagnose Trump

As misunderstood news spread that psychiatrists may now comment on Trump's mental condition, the American Psychiatric Association sought to correct the mistake.