Essential Reads

Trump: A Psychosocial Analysis

The psychosocial dynamics of Trump's rise.

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 Surprising Power of Conspiracy Theories

New research shows how conspiracy theories take hold, and refuse to let go.

Recent Posts on Politics

Trump: A Psychosocial Analysis

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
An psychosocial analysis of why Trump appeals to disaffected, angry white men.

How Illegal Drug Markets Operate?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Science of Choice
Illegal drug markets, like all markets, respond to changing circumstances.

Mental Health Care Reform Requires Families to Speak Up

By Rachel Pruchno Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in All in the Family
Now, after decades without meaningful reform, Congress is paying attention. Several bills that can improve care for people with mental illness have been introduced.

Overdose Awareness Week Addresses Public Health Crisis

By Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on September 03, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360
This week is “Overdose Awareness Week” in my home state of Maryland. The week was designated to raise awareness of the heroin and opioid public health crisis, which has reached epidemic proportions. Of course, this public health crisis is not unique to Maryland; every state is battling this epidemic.

Political Correctness Is Bad, When Applied Incorrectly

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in Insight Therapy
Trigger Warning: This piece may deeply frustrate those who feast on political correctness hysteria

One Psychologist's Two Cents on Guns

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
Will owning a gun sometimes protect good people from bad people? Yes, of course. Will owning a gun also make a person more likely to be murdered or to die of suicide? Yes, of course. The politics swirling around the touchy issue of gun ownership often ignore the complexity of the problem.

Donald Trump Has a Sister Fixation

By Stanton Peele on September 01, 2015 in Addiction in Society
Is Donald Trump laboring under some perceived childhood deficiency academically? Does that account for his ceaseless boasting?

Political Discourse in the Age of Narcissism

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Shame
In this Age of Narcissism, political discourse increasingly rejects rational thought and respectful argument, relying instead on typical defenses against narcissistic injury -- indignation, blame, and contempt -- to turn the opponent into a "loser."

Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Women Rangers

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Head Strong
Military psychologists have played an important role in the successful integration of women into combat and other non-traditional military jobs.

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 Surprising Power of Conspiracy Theories

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 to rival 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.