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

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.

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?

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?
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Steal From the Poor, Give to the Rich

The American Health Care Act is a health-care emergency.

Trumpcare: When Is Health Insurance Not Really Insurance?

Who benefits when people can't afford to seek out and use health care services and at what cost to our country, its economy, and our society?

How to Identify and Avoid Toxic People, via Trump's Tweets

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on May 06, 2017 in Finding Love
First step to a happy life: Know how to recognize toxic people and situations and do your best to stay away. Here are four warning signs.

What Motivated Donald Trump’s Presidential Ambitions?

What happens when a billionaire seeks leadership and the limelight?

What’s Your Anti-Gravity Strategy?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Ambigamy
People seek transcendence by many means. Some come bundled with belief in supernatural magic at odds with science. Scientists can do more to help resolve the tension.

The Blessings of Having a Court Jester

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Executive Ego
You want the truth, you can handle the truth, but who'll tell you the truth? Only a very special person. Here's why you should embrace a Fool.

What the World Needs Now Is… Beer?

At a time when there is cause to be pessimistic, beer commercials suggest most of us want peaceful co-existence.

The Trump Effect, Part 2

Like the boost that bullying and racial and religious discrimination have experienced since Donald Trump announced his candidacy, so have sexual harassment and assault.

The Risk of Not Believing Trump Is Serious

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Life After 50
Trump supporters are still convinced he will "do the right thing" despite everything he says to the contrary. They hold on to their fantasy that he is "on their side."

Why Are Pre-Existing Conditions Such an Important Issue?

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on May 01, 2017 in Life After 50
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) without protecting people with pre-existing illnesses will cause the most pain among people who supported Trump for President.
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Story Time: Why People Are Persuaded by Fake News

Are you worried about the spread of fake news online? You should be.

Ignored

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 01, 2017 in How To Do Life
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A Weird American in Trump's Post-Truth America

Distressed by recent political events? This article provides research-based strategies to cope with such negative emotions

A Dose of My Own Medicine

The Stress in America survey indicates that over half of Americans are stressed by the political climate. Small changes in your routine may make a big impact on overall stress.

How Trump Changed My Mind About Marriage

The recent election, combined with some research in psychology, had a profound effect on my personal life.