Essential Reads

Plato on Democracy, Tyranny, and the Ideal State

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 26, 2016 in Hide and Seek
What would Plato have to say about today’s democracies?

The Surprising Psychology of the Email Hack

All too often we hear of a public figure whose email was hacked. What they thought was private becomes grist for the media mill. How would you feel if someone targeted you?

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

The GOP, Convention Turn Taking, and the Primacy Effect

When voters watch competing messages during both conventions, political turn-taking can benefit the party who goes first. This is true even when controlling for partisan bias.

More Posts on Politics

Jesus, Trump, and American Morality

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Secular Life
Jesus and Trump couldn't be more different.

A Different Approach to Political Divisiveness

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Confusing ourselves to diffuse our political tensions.

A Student Veteran’s Guide to College Moral Tribes

By Rob Henderson on July 27, 2016 in After Service
What challenges do military veterans face when adapting to college social norms?

What I Learned From My Last Job

By Susan Hooper on July 26, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
As a stranger-than-fiction presidential race dominates the news, I pause to contemplate a more mundane area of public affairs: government service.

What Do Politics Have to Do With Meaning and Purpose in Life

Recent research shows the kind of impact that politics has on meaning and purpose in life - check out this post to learn more!

"Us" and "Them"...Two Solitudes

People tend to be clannish, and often live in "emotionally-gated communities," in which they seldom communicate. These separations can breed prejudice and conflict, as we often see

Real Men Don’t Type

In the computer age, the available jobs look to real men like training to be a girl.

Trump, Stress Reactivity, Trance, and Ethics

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Donald Trump paints pervasive threat, triggering the brain’s survival systems and attracting submission to his vision of dominance.

5 Steps to Great Leadership

You might be surprised by which qualities the truly great leaders possess.

Don’t Blame Trump: Heal Thyself, America

It is always easier to understand, celebrate or attack single individuals than it is to comprehend and address the context that gives rise to them.

Sick and Tired of Politics?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in Time Out
Take control of your life by paying it forward.

The GOP Convention: Captured in an Innocent Trance

As we move into next week, with the Democratic National Convention coming up, let us equally hope that Democrats take the high road and do not respond in kind...

The Rules of Engagement in Controversial Discourse

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
How to engage in civll discourse on controversial topics without really having to try all that hard.

Who Supports Donald Trump?

By Ryne A. Sherman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in The Situation Lab
What makes Donald Trump supporters tick? Evidence from the science of personality can tell us.

What Is the Best Path Forward After Terrorism?

Our mind makes intuitive mistakes about how to deal with terrorism in the best manner. This article uses insights from neuroscience to show the best path to deal with terrorism.

Melania’s Alleged Plagiarism: Concordance Model Does Not Fit

Concordance may be a viable theory for some coincidences, but does not apply to the Melania-Michelle parallel.

We Psychologists Ignore Our Responsibility to the Public

The challenges, tumult and interdependence marking today's world calls for a new understanding of what psychological health looks like for individuals and society.

The Dangers of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programs

The New Cointel-pro? Although well intended, countering violent extremism programs violate basic rights and threaten to disrupt communities and turn care providers into spies

Think Before You React to Mrs. Trump's Speech

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Screen Time
Quick to judge others on character rather than situational factors? Social psychology and media processing is used to process the recent events surrounding Mrs. Trump's RNC speech.

Melania's Words Parallel Michelle's: A Coincidence?

Coincidences can have a range of explanations. Concordance is one of them.

The Psychological Hero

By Pythia Peay on July 19, 2016 in America On The Couch
"The Hero-myth is the central myth of Jungian psychoanalysis, because for Jung the hero’s 'grand opus' concerns the relations with the unconscious." Jungian analyst Erel Shalit

Atrocity in the City of Nice: An Act of Clinical Insanity?

In Europe, ‘lone wolf’ attacks quadrupled between the 1970s and the 2000s.

Trump's Republic

A look at what Trump's candidacy tells us about our country, and ourselves.

The Walking Traumatized: Is This Life in the 21st Century?

Is the 21st century the era of the Walking Traumatized. Ongoing acts of terrorism with 24/7 news and social media coverage would indicate that the answer is yes.

People, You're Praying Wrong

By Stanton Peele on July 17, 2016 in Addiction in Society
We are failing miserably in the prayers we are offering up to prevent Americans from killing one another. Why is our skill level so miserable in this area and how can we raise it?

#What Lives Matter?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 16, 2016 in Minority Report
By now you've seen the war of words between #Black Lives Matter and #All Lives Matter. So what's wrong with saying, "All lives matter"?

We're Splitting Up!

By Nick Luxmoore on July 16, 2016 in Young People Up Close
If adults can't contain their own tendencies to split, then what hope is there for young people?

D.W. Sue: Microaggressions Are NOT Always Racism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Promoter of the term "microaggression" regrets its weaponization and chilling effect on campus free speech.

Psychological and Political Polarization Are Toxic

Humans are divided by political sentiments based more on psychological perceptions and feelings than with policies. To survive, we must address our communication and community.

After Dallas, Why Aren't Whites Rushing to Enact Gun Reform?

Guns are mythologized in our culture. And when something is sacred, regulating it becomes much more difficult.