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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How Behavioral Science Can Help Truth Triumph Over Lies

Worried about deceptive political coverage by the media? This article shows how you can take steps to fix this problem!

Report From NYC Satellite March for Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
The Satellite March for Science was 99% about Science, Not "Social Justice"

The Wall With Mexico: Fear and Loathing

Inspired by kindled fears and prejudice, the U.S. will build an exclusionary wall between itself and Mexico based on irrational reasoning, at enormous expense, and with futility.

Did Trump’s Election Make Men More Aggressive?

Research is finding that overtly sexist, aggressive attitudes and behavior towards women appears to be increasing post-election.

Ranking the Last 14 Presidential Marriages

By Stanton Peele on April 22, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The American presidential marriage, from FDR and Eleanor to Barack and Michelle and beyond demonstrate a remarkable range of marital partnerships and intimacy.

How to Cope With Trump Anxiety

If you’ve been nervous or anxious since the election, you’re not alone.
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Shrinks Define Dangers of Trump Presidency

By Hara Estroff Marano on April 20, 2017 in Brainstorm
At a conference at Yale, psychiatrists and psychologists begin carving out a new role to combat the gaslighting of America by Donald Trump.
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The Power of Curiosity

Are you truly curious? How to remain calm when someone's opinion is difficult to understand.

Of March and Myth: The Politicizing of Science

What differentiates science from other disciplines is a focus on testing of hypotheses. Is science now struggling with a 'crisis of confidence'? Is a March for Science the answer?

Why Hitler Did Not Use Chemical Weapons on the Battlefield

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Without Prejudice
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently stated (incorrectly) that Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people. How can psychology inform this discussion?

Here's What Successful Narcissists Do to Earn Your Trust

We may find it difficult to live with narcissists, but this doesn’t prevent us from trusting a grandiose stranger. New research shows what it is about them that’s so compelling.

Friends in High Places From Aristotle's View

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Buddy System
How does President Trump make and maintain friendships? He seems pretty typical.

Linguistic Smoke and Mirrors in Leadership

Is it advantageous for our leaders to potentially maintain an inflated moral self-image through indirect speech?

Don Rickles, the Master Roaster, Dies at 90

By Izzy Kalman on April 16, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Don Rickles, one of the greatest roasters of all time, died last week. In today's culture, he could easily be considered a bully, but in reality he promotes the antidote.

Coincidence in Politics: All the President’s Men

A series of similar, low-probability events involving the Trump presidential campaign demonstrate how coincidences can be analyzed objectively.

Can Supreme Court Nominations Be Less Contentious?

What do you really know about the supreme court and the nominations process?

How Will the White House Opioid Task Force Effect Change?

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
It should focus on prescribers and new treatments for success.

Presidents and the Pursuit of Happiness

Presidential systems are not good at promoting human happiness. A Trump Presidency doubly so.

Seeking Credibility

By Victor Lipman on April 03, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
This question gnaws at the heart of Donald Trump's presidency. How will persistent issues about his truthfulness impact his ability to govern?

Dropping the Ball

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 02, 2017 in Minority Report
Whippings, lynchings, and killings of African-Americans are outlawed in this country but white NFL owners are showing us how they can operate like 19th century plantation "masters"
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Surviving the Stress Tsunami in the Age of Trump

Are you stressed, worried, or anxious about the country's direction? There are protective actions you can take.

How To Talk With Your Kids About President Trump's Behavior

No matter where you stand on politics and policy, behavior is behavior, and talking to kids about poor behavior is never easy. Here are some tips on how to start.

The Dumbing Down of America, Part 2

A stranger said a PhD didn’t mean one was knowledgeable in one’s field. It just meant a person was able to “pass some tests.”

Why We (Often) Believe Fake News

Fake news has a strong appeal. Why do we fall for it?

Trump Won't Reduce the Ravages of Drug Addiction

By Stanton Peele on March 30, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Liberals and conservatives both marvel at how, given such great addiction treatment, our addiction crisis deepens. They agree we should redouble our disease campaign.

The Trump Effect Part 1

Since the 2016 presidential campaign, increased bullying incidences in our schools have spread to include violent acts across our nation spurred by the rhetoric of one man.

The Head-in-the-Sand President

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 29, 2017 in The Green Mind
Ignorance may be bliss, but only for a moment. When Trump ignores or deletes climate data, he imperils the planet and all of us.

The Brain Science of Political Deception in the Election

Confused by why so many people were deceived in the 2016 election? This article uses recent research to provide some clarity.

Making Sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 27, 2017 in Spycatcher
Too often we talk about politicians talking to Russian as though there were no threat—there is always a threat with Putin in charge.

True Believers and Donald Trump

A True Believer who has passionate faith in a fundamentalist credo or a charismatic leader, totally accepting the promises and predictions as absolute truth, is often disillusioned