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

Psychotherapy in the Trump Era

The forces shaping our politics are also shaping our therapies.

A Political Prescription for Donald Trump's Brain

By Hara Estroff Marano on October 18, 2017 in Brainstorm
Mental health experts go beyond warning of the dangers of Donald Trump's presidency to take political action.

Self-Obsessed but Not Introspective? How Does That Work?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
There's a difference between knowing yourself patly and wondering about yourself. The former is more fun, and more dangerous.

The Talk

By Tina Traster on October 12, 2017 in Against All Odds
Weinstein, Trump, and Cosby have brought sexual abuse to the fore. How do parents of gender-fluid children address this issue?

Are We Living in a Culture Where Heroism is Celebrated?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in The First Impression
Are there public figures willing to risk their reputations or brands to speak out against injustice?

Risk, Fear, and the Rise of Demagogues

By George Michelsen Foy on October 11, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Politicians have traditionally appealed to our fight-or-flight reflex to save their political bacon. Donald Trump looks set to do the same.

Lies, Self-Deception, and Malignant Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What type of person is attracted to narcissists?

Towards a Reinvigoration of Our Pluralistic System

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on October 10, 2017 in Beyond Freud
How can we promote the value of a pluralistic system with checks and balances? Economic revitalization is not enough.

Taking a Stand When Taking a Knee

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
How we rewrite and romanticize memories of protests.
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Questing for Economic Utopia, Part 1

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Is this going to be humanity's best century—or worst? How we choose to measure progress will decide.

Corking 45

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Ambigamy
Trump is going nowhere until he's humiliated to his face.

Can We All Get Along? Should We?

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Why We Blame
Maybe getting along is not always the answer.

Is President Trump Mentally Healthy? The Pros Weigh In

Recently many leading mental health professionals have argued that the duty to warn provision (excuse the pun) "trumps" the longstanding Goldwater Rule when it comes to Mr. Trump.

Allegiance to What?

“Who” and “what” are we respecting when we proclaim our devotion to country? And who gets to say what our expressions of commitment – or non-commitment – "mean"?

The Shadow Side of Our Personality is Challenging

By Rita Watson MPH on October 01, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Few of us want to admit to our own dark side. Yet we can recognize and tame it or take a negative reaction to someone as a warning sign to back away.

A Psycho-Proctologist Speaks: What Makes an Ass an Ass?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Ambigamy
Psycho-proctology, the study of what makes an ass, focuses on the question of our age: What do Trump, Kim Jong Un, Putin, Stalin, trolls & your jerk ex-partner all have in common?

Are Women Really Making Progress?

Will the Trump years be toxic for women?

The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Perceptual similarity as political weapon.

"The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump"

Why are so many mental health professionals willing to put their careers on the line?

The Kneeling Anthem Seen as a Ritual "Failure"

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Ritual and the Brain
Why do people think it's wrong to kneel during the anthem? The science of ritual investigates.

Who’s Afraid of Nuclear War?

By Madelon Sprengnether on September 26, 2017 in Minding Memory
I haven’t been so afraid since I was a kid growing up in St. Louis in the middle of the Cold War arms race with the Soviet Union.

45’s NFL Comments: A New Low for the American Presidency

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 26, 2017 in Intersections
Is the President's twitter habit wearing you out? Why his latest tirade, which he says isn't about race, really is.

Anxiety Is a Leadership Tool

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Since leaders use anxiety as a tool to motivate and control their followers, train yourself to recognize anxiety cues.

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

Fluid Hard-Lining: A Gaslighter’s Favorite Trick

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gaslighters draw a hard line between good and bad, and fluidly wriggle the line to always put their victims on the bad side.

Authentic or Disingenuous?

By Harold Sigall Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Wishful Thoughts
How are you deciding whether others are sincere? Are you being misled?
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Mundus Novus (The New World)

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Overwhelmed by the pace of change? Some conscious map-making helps us navigate a new world.

Would a Woman's Party Boost Well-Being?

Need a boost after seven months of Trump? Try a National Woman's Party.

With Trump on Your Mind, Explore What Makes a Jerk a Jerk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Have a pat answer for what to do about jerks? It's probably wrong. Here's a list of 10 common escape hatches that keep us from facing the question.

Fighting the Normalization of Post-Truth Politics

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Intentional Insights
We should be deeply concerned with the normalization of post-truth politics. Fortunately, psychological strategies provide a way to combat this problem.