Politics Essential Reads

Post-Election Vertigo

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Side Effects
What the feeling of dislocation can teach us about these unsettling times.

Science Is Not Just a Matter of Opinion

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 02, 2016 in Saving Normal
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion facts"

Terrorism Anxiety Is Fueling Global Waves of Nationalism

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Mind In The Machine
Is anxiety over existential threat making people aggressive toward out-group members? Brexit and the presidency win of Donald Trump are part of a larger pattern that will continue.

Searching for Equilibrium

By Susan Hooper on November 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
I moved to a new home just before the presidential election. Both events knocked me off kilter, and I am still trying to regain my balance.

You Can't Oppose Hate by "Opposing Hate"

By Michael Mascolo Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Values Matter
We often think that protesting against bigotry will make it go away. It won't.

A Young Feminist's Compassionate View of Men

The Red Pill is the story of a young feminist who did something few feminists have done: She listened as non-judgmentally as possible to men and women in the men's rights movement.

What We Need Now — A Little Civility

Following a contentious campaign, the nation is divided. How can small acts of kindness stop the spread of incivility and help heal a growing national rift?

Talking Politics at the Thanksgiving Table

How can we heal the divides in our country -- and our family? A few simple tools can go a long way.

A Brief History of Fake News

By William Poundstone on November 22, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Mark Zuckerberg wants to get fake news off Facebook, but it won't be easy. "Obviously a joke" is in the eye of the beholder.

Tips to Survive Thanksgiving in Post-Election Turmoil

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on November 22, 2016 in Quite Queerly
How can we get through Thanksgiving without harming anyone or being harmed? We must keep our expectations low, and our goals specific. Try to connect over being right.

The New Evolutionary Socialism

Darwinian models applied to society need not be red in tooth and claw. Here is a plan for how an evolutionarily informed approach to society can help advance a socialist agenda.

Angry About the Election?

Headlines call for intolerance toward Trump voters. Families are stressed, and friendships are frayed. Tolerance is a paradigm that has outlived its purpose.
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Conflict and Justice in Donald Trump’s America

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in The Five Percent
Here is a 9-point strategy for Progressives in Donald Trump's America

Only Penguins Look Alike

People outside our group may “all look alike” because we have limited experience with them. However, looking like someone who may be dangerous does not make a person dangerous.

Don't Fall for Political Propaganda

Don't allow our elected officials and their appointees make a mockery of our Constitution as a result of their personal biases.

3 Suggestions for Responding Wisely to the Election Results

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on November 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
On November 17th, the New York Times had a front page story on the turmoil many families in the U.S. are facing this holiday season in light of the Presidential election.

Sexism and the Election: Accepting Bad for Promise of Bold

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in The Enquiry
Does sexism explain the election's outcome? Gender research suggests how masculine ideals led to voters to prefer Trump because of his masculine misbehavior.

Five Reasons Why Millennials Helped Elect Donald Trump

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Our Changing Culture
How could so many young people have possibly have voted for Trump? Here are five reasons.

Rhetoric, Violence, and Redemption

Social pain—rejection, shame, disrespect—resonates in the "pain center" of the brain, impairing cognitive capacities. This opens the door for violent responses to Trump's rhetoric.
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In These Times, Our Greatest Enemy Is Our Need for Certainty

By Allison Carmen on November 15, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
Have you been extremely fearful and worried since the Presidential Election? Maybe embracing uncertainty will give you the hope you need to find strength and resilience.

Did Hillary Clinton Fall Victim to the Queen Bee Effect?

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Why are women leaders not getting the top jobs in politics and business? The Queen Bee syndrome offers an explanation. Finding solutions is important for high potential women.

How Hamilton, Ross, and Resilient Children are Alike

Turmoil in politics can be stressful. We look at examples of how people have moved ahead despite major challenges.

The 7 Ways Donald Trump Influenced Voters' Brains

By Tim David on November 12, 2016 in The Magic of Human Connection
In shock over Donald Trump's presidential victory? These are the scientific reasons why Americans really voted for him.

Beware the "All Trump Supporters Are Like That" Trap

The election is over, and it’s time to move forward. Here’s how.

Fighting Climate Change in a Post-Factual Age

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Climate change is abstract, distant, and easy to deny. But we can fight it if we know how.

The Need for Some Post-Election Perspective-Taking

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in More Than Mortal
As Americans, we need to do the challenging work of stepping outside of our own minds and trying to put ourselves in the heads of others, especially those who seem so different.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Trump

By Ben Michaelis Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in The Creative Imperative
A few ways to manage post-election stress.
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Falling Down and Getting Up Again

Whatever we may feel about these election results, we must pick ourselves up and carry on. There's work to do.

Why Trump’s Victory Signals the Need for Better Education

The educational-attainment divide between supporters of Trump versus supporters of Clinton was enormous. Let's make education great again.

Unexpected News Media: Child-Based Election Discussions

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Screen Time
Aren't sure how to talk about the elections results with young children? New media processing themes may help.