Essential Reads

The New Ambivalence for Warm Weather

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
We may be bearing witness to the dawning of a new human experience, one in which we both enjoy unseasonable warmth and also feel something may be wrong with the climate.

What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant

Narcissism is one of the Dark Triad traits that also include psychopathy and Machiavellianism. New research that sadism brings its own unique contribution to the equation.

Could Thinking Positively Be Dangerous Right Now?

Have you started opening the newspapers each day with a sense of dread and disbelief about that latest actions of President Trump and his administration?

What's Ailing Fifty Shades of Grey?

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on February 20, 2017 in SexualityToday
Christian Grey’s dominant tendencies worked as erotica during the Obama years. But many women may soon find egalitarianism and restraint looking better and better.

More Posts on Politics

5 Reasons We Tolerate Bullying Leaders

We have all encountered them at work or seen them in the political arena: Leaders who are essentially bullies. Why do we give bullies such power over us?

Is Donald Truly Delusional? Part 2

In many instances, we find ample evidence that the facts are not as Mr. Trump insists they are.

The Psychological Roots of Our Current Hypocrisy Epidemic

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
We find it hard anxious work to seek the wisdom to know the difference between what to constrain and what to set free. Hypocrisy is the easy alternative to that hard work.

Post Election Stress Disorder: Is It a Thing?

The APA just released their Stress in America survey. Results suggest we are stressed out, especially over politics. Perhaps Post Election Stress Disorder is a thing after all!

I Called the Trump Presidential MO Years Ago

By Stanton Peele on February 20, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Donald Trump practiced his exact method for making the United States a totalitarian state more than five years ago, as I detailed for Psychology Today.

Americans Just Broke a New Record for Stress and Anxiety!

In January 2017, for the first time, the American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey found a statistically significant increase in stress and anxiety in America.

Navigating the Swamp of Politics in a Relationship

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in In It Together
Do You and Your Partner Disagree About Politics? Ways to Cope With the Challenges
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The Behavioral Side of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

The tendency to engage in "mental accounting" can help government to target assistance where it is intended.

The President and the Vice of Pride

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
A medieval monk assesses the president.
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What’s Needed in These Uncertain Times? Maybe More Empathy.

By Allison Carmen on February 17, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
During uncertain times, it can be hard to be empathetic to another's point of view, but empathy makes us wiser and more strategic, and it can even change how we view something.

Quiz Time!

By Robert J King Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Hive Mind
The Trump regime just issued a preposterous so-called survey which is so riddled with error that I am using it as an end of term quiz for psychology research methods class.

Hungry? No You're Not! A Working Example of the I-M Approach

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 16, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Ever been told you are wrong when you know you are right, or felt like your point of view is not respected? This is happening now in the USA with potentially devastating results.

Donald Trump as the Fisher King: #DonaldAreYouOkay?

Is Donald Trump the Fisher King? Are we all like the Grail Knight, forgetting to ask the crucial question?

Trumpaholics Anonymous

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Couch and Stage
An imagined group of Donald Trump addicts convenes in a church basement.

Is Donald Truly Delusional?

What can we tell about such a powerful public person who makes so many startling and often preposterous statements and draws factually unsupportable conclusions?

Christian Ethics and Refugees

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
To simply dismiss all of the world’s refugees because of some misguided ideas about heaven, or the false gods of safety or Christian nationalism, is simply unacceptable.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on February 15, 2017 in A Sound Mind
Meeting life’s challenges head-on allows us to not be crushed by anxiety. It is this struggle that gives our lives meaning.

What Do We Do When Our Reasons Seem Weak?

By Gregory R. Maio Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Attitude Check
Why is the gap between political viewpoints growing larger? Mechanisms for reducing attitude uncertainty may be part of the answer.

Fake News & "Alternative Facts": The Decline of Rationality

By Ray Williams on February 14, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are inundated with waves of anti-expert, and anti-science information, where opinions in the form of “alternative facts” and fake news are being promoted as the truth.

Group Polarization and Support for the President

Social psychological commentary of CBS News data that shows four categories of support for Donald Trump.

Be My Valentine - And Save Our Democracy!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want to have a great Valentine's Day while defending our democracy? Here are a few research-based tips.

Can We Really Have a Happy Valentine's Day This Year?

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Worry Wise
Even in a crisis, even in an emergency, we work in shifts. Some of us always need to be on love duty. We need to put the oxygen masks on our relationships first.

Diagnosing Donald Trump

What does psychiatric diagnosis add to political criticism of President Trump?
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Plato’s Prognosis of “Alternative Facts”

The idea of a fact is one upon which virtually every aspect of human existence depends.

The Social Psychology of Democracy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Why and how do democracies fail and become autocracies? What are the social and psychological phenomena leading people to lose faith in democracy and support tyrannies?

Authoritarianism in America

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Side Effects
On rereading “The Authoritarian Personality” in 2017.

Focus On Trump's Acts, Not His Psychology

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 11, 2017 in Saving Normal
We must challenge Trump on his outrageous behaviors and constant lies, not on his motivations and mental status.

Study: Immigration Is Not Linked to Increased Crime Rates

By Christopher Bergland on February 11, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
After analyzing four decades of immigration-crime statistics in the U.S., a team of researchers concluded that there is no correlation between immigration and increased crime.
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The Science of Solving Alternative Facts

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" in politics? This article has some tips for solving this problem!

Valentine’s Day Alarm: Violence Against Women by Budget Cuts

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Science Isn't Golden
The elimination of funding for the Violence Against Women Act must be prevented.