Essential Reads

Trump My Putin

The unconscious archetypes of hair

Geek Heresy: Bursting the Hi-Tech Hype Bubble

Kentaro Toyama's new book takes the steam out of the hype around tech

The Conspiracy Effect

Why exposure to popular conspiracy theories can make you less pro-social

Which Five Powerful Self-Beliefs Motivate Donald Trump?

You love him or hate him, but do you know what motivates billionaire Trump?

Recent Posts on Politics

Superman Needs You

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
A powerful leader in politics, business, in love has “magnetism.” But leaders depend on followers, who follow because it’s rewarding. Consider the attention commanded by Donald Trump or even Adolf Hitler. Lives depend on it. What’s the magnetic secret?

Trump My Putin

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on August 26, 2015 in Social Studies
What if political leaders can be understood by their hair? What if hair represents the collective unconscious of all of us? The hair of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin might tell us a lot about who they really are and who we are- whether we love them or hate them- since in some way they represent what Carl Jung called archetypes.

Geek Heresy: Bursting the Hi-Tech Hype Bubble

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on August 24, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Kentaro Toyama takes aim at geek myths and cybersolutionism in his new book Geek Heresy. Social media gets a close look as well. Toyama draws important conclusions from his work in India, Africa and the U.S. on what really makes a difference in personal and societal development. Hint: it’s not your smartphone.

Would a Basic Income Increase National Happiness?

What if we gave everyone an extra $500 every month just for being a citizen?

Trumping Frustration Is Not the Same as Trumping Fear

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 24, 2015 in Just Listen
Mr. Trump, inflaming people's frustration will "play in Peoria," but what are you going to do about people's fears?

The Conspiracy Effect

Can merely being exposed to popular conspiracy theories make you less pro-social?

My Advice to President Obama for Achieving World Peace

By Izzy Kalman on August 24, 2015 in Resilience to Bullying
President Obama, your deal with Iran is a blunder that rival's Bush's invasion of Iraq. If you want to earn the legacy of The President Who Brought Peace to the World, you need to forget about placing sanctions on nations that seek nuclear weapon capability and instead put sanctions on those nations that promote the "infidel meme."

Which Five Powerful Self-Beliefs Motivate Donald Trump?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Motivate!
Research indicates most people are unable to articulate their own motives. Accurate detection of motivation is even more challenging when assessing others. Do you really know what motivates billionaire Donald Trump?

Limiting Abortion to Healthy Fetuses?

By Marty Klein PhD on August 24, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
To make a point, states are criminalizing abortions that don't exist.

What Most People Get Wrong About Critical Thinking Tools

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 in Ambigamy
Just because they defend their position with a weak argument, it doesn't mean their position is wrong. Weak arguments are irrelevant. Contrary to popular belief, they are not evidence that the position being supported by the argument is incorrect.

Conservative Feminism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
If you want to be accepted by mainstream, contemporary feminism, you must identify as pro-choice, reject the reality of innate or biologically based gender differences or the concept of human nature, condemn traditional relationships and family dynamics, and subscribe to specific avenues for achieving gender equality and justice.

Do First Amendment Rights Apply to Students in School?

By Peter Gray on August 16, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
In this interview, conducted by guest blogger Alex Walker, the founder of Free Student Press, David Krane, explains that student free speech is legally protected by the first amendment, but students must fight for that protection. School officials typically do everything they can to prevent students from knowing about and exercising their constitutional rights.

Controlling CEO Pay

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on August 15, 2015 in Hidden Motives
The SEC recently established a new rule requiring most companies to disclose the ratio of CEO pay to that of their average employee, but what will be the likely consequence?

The Populist Appeal of Trump's Narcissism

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 in Shame
To identify yourself as a Trump supporter -- that is, to identify with the man himself on some level -- helps you to feel like a "winner" when you may unconsciously fear that you're a "loser" in this complex and daunting world.

Reflections on a Historic APA Convention and the Road Ahead

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on August 13, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
Last week’s convention witnessed an unprecedented victory for advocates calling for the APA to prioritize psychology's do-no-harm ethics in national security settings. But attendees have returned home still uncertain as to whether the APA's leadership will persevere in pursuing a course of transparency, accountability and reform – after a decade of collusion and cover-up.

Why Trump Appeals to People

By Robert L Leahy Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 in Anxiety Files
Trump plays on anxiety and fear and uses an emotional appeal to promise a cure. Why does this appeal to people?

The Future of Leadership

By The Book Brigade on August 12, 2015 in The Author Speaks
Leadership today is difficult, and getting more difficult by the minute. That’s why there are so few good leaders. Great leaders must now be psychologically astute. And that’s just for starters.

Contesting Leftist "Scientific" Narratives: Women's Voices

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
Women actually in science contest (in a nuanced manner) cherished social psychological narratives about the oppression and exclusion of women in science.

How Important Is It to Look Competent?

University students in Korea can look at the faces of two unknown political opponents in the U.S. and choose the winner about two-thirds of the time, yet they can’t accurately predict what happens in their own country. What’s going on here?

Donald Trump Has Finally Gone Too Far

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on August 08, 2015 in Social Studies
Trump mixed sexism with menstrual blood and hubris. The result of this toxic stew may have finally ended his run for the Republican nomination. But not because Conservatives suddenly care about gender equity, but because they care about protecting white femininity.

Donald Trump, Political Correctness, Ignorance and Comedy

Political correctness is like spell-check for your mouth. Trump means to sound the way he does-- and he wants everyone else to echo him; that's why Trump’s name needs to be erased from the political chalkboard. PC stand for "perfectly civilized," which is what any American leader must be.

Re-thinking Gender, Part 2

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on August 06, 2015 in Rethinking Men
Part two of the ups, downs, and sideways of gender politics.

The Gun, the Bomb, and the Wound That Will Not Heal

By Pythia Peay on August 06, 2015 in America On The Couch
"I say this again and again—but it happens that we were the ones to make the bomb first, and to use it, and this has had its impact on us. The raw nerve exists because we have a need to fend off any kind of guilt or self-condemnation." Psychohistorian Robert Jay Lifton, M.D.

How Steve Jobs Would Trump and Disrupt the Republican Debate

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 05, 2015 in Just Listen
General Schwarzkopf once said that the first thing you do when you become a General is take off your specialty pins, because the only thing that matters is the mission and that has to override your defaulting back to your prior area of competence. Don't you agree that the President we need, must take off his or her party affiliation to serve the mission we all need?

Laughing Matters During Presidential Primary Debates

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on August 05, 2015 in Caveman Politics
How will we, the American Public, evaluate the candidates in the Republican presidential debates?

Exposing The One-Trick Phony

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 05, 2015 in Ambigamy
Jon Stewart has been teaching the same psychology lesson night after night, and its the right lesson for our tense, uncertain times.

What’s Subversive About Today's Humanism?

Humanism—the not so radical idea that you can be good without a god—doesn’t particularly sound like the next big subversive development in politics today. But with their numbers rapidly growing, humanists are beginning to realize that they can play a major role in influencing governmental policy.

End Psychology's Role in National Security Interrogations

Should psychologists continue to participate in national security interrogations as a means to keep such practices "safe, effective, and legal" or does such involvement violate APA ethics and policy?

The American Discussion of Race Is Ethnocentric

The American "discussion of race," prevents new insights and limits proposals to a few alternative courses of action. It is as if the only place that exists is the United States today; the only ways of thinking about race are American ways; and there is nothing we can learn from other cultures that could contribute to our understanding.

APA, Torture, and Context

How did APA and psychologists become involved in possible collusion with torture and "enhanced interrogations"? Context matters.