Essential Reads

Trump's Temperament: Not Narcissistic, But Not Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on October 23, 2016 in Mood Swings
Beyond pejoratives terms to scientifically based concepts

Beyond the Gender-Binary

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Talking Apes
As academics struggle to reform the English language, they fail to see there’s no problem to be fixed.

Why You're Going To Watch The Walking Dead On Sunday

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on October 22, 2016 in Grand Rounds
What to Think About As You Turn On The Walking Dead Tomorrow

Anger Is a Swing State

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in All the Rage
Is anger over the election driving you to the breaking point?

More Posts on Politics

Narcissism, Sexism & Entitlement

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in The Third Wave
#Repealthe19th is a popular hashtag. Why would a woman vote against her own self interest?
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The Day After the Election, Will We Still Be Friends?

By Allison Carmen on October 23, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
Many of us have people in our lives that we have argued with or may not be speaking to because of the presidential election. How can we repair these relationships and begin again?

Stop Blaming the Kids, Start Blaming Bad Social Policies

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
Resilience is political. Good social policies may be the most important factor for raising mentally and physically healthy children.

Election Stress Disorder

By Stan Tatkin Psy.D. on October 22, 2016 in The Puzzle of Love
Americans are suffering emotionally due to the caustic nature of the election, and our brains offer both the explanation and the solution.

The Rise of Incivility and What To Do About It

By Ray Williams on October 21, 2016 in Wired for Success
Has incivility become the new norm in America? Fundamental ethical values such as respect, fairness, honesty, personal responsibility and tolerance seem to be fading.
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How Our Next President Could Fight the Opioid Epidemic

In this election cycle, ending the opioid epidemic comes down to technique.

How History Will Remember Donald Trump

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 21, 2016 in Just Listen
Could Trump be just what civil society needs to resurrect itself from profanity, vulgarity, insensitivity and impatience that can often escalate to violence?

How the Trump Foundation Scandal Hurts the Nonprofit Sector

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Emotional intelligence research shows how you can be in danger due to scandals that have nothing to do with you!

Political Persuasion: Aim for the Heart, Not the Head

So long as a message is emotionally congruent and consistent, both fear and hope can be equally pervasive.

Feeling Victimized by Presidential Campaign Updates?

Has the pain of your experiences as a sexual abuse survivor been re-activated by national news? Here are 7 suggestions to promote your well-being

Losing Friends and Family Over the Election?

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Buddy System
I hate my friend/spouse/partner because he or she is voting for Clinton/Trump!

The Decline of Trust

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Anxiety Files
In almost all areas of our lives trust has declined—and it has been on the decline for decades.

New Data Confirms Increased Political Polarization

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
As the Presidential election in the US approaches, it is interesting to think about how political affiliation works.

Why Barbie Dolls Matter in the 2016 Presidential Election

For over fifty years the girls and young women of America have been told that we can be anything. But all we’ve really seen is our dolls becoming those things--until now.

When Politics and Rape Culture Collide

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in The First Impression
In what ways does the most recent scandal as the presidential election nears represent a collision between rape culture and politics?

An Election Gender Bender

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in Social Lights
How the election may be different if Clinton were a man and Trump were a woman.

Which Candidate Will Make America Safer?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Both candidates promise to make you safer. But which one will actually do so? This articles describes how research shows how candidates mislead our intuitions on this topic.

Coping With Election-Related Stress

The American Psychological Association just released their annual report about stress in America. This year, they focused on stress related to the current election process.
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Thank You, Michelle Obama!

In this time of change and challenge, children need help becoming smart and creative. Thank you, Michelle Obama, for living this message so effectively.

This Election Is Not Just About You

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on October 14, 2016 in Quite Queerly
America is about freedom and opportunity for all, not just a few.

Trump's Failed Apology

Why it is so important for Trump (and all of us) to give meaningful apologies

How to Love People When You Hate Their Political Choices

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Freedom to Grieve
This presidential election seems to be harder than others. How do we survive this election? Here are seven places to start.

Don't Touch Our White Women!

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in The Enquiry
Why did the Access Hollywood tape uniquely lead White male conservatives to defect from Trump? To preserve a benevolently sexist self-image as women's protectors and providers.

The Hidden Harm Behind Your Dinner

By Christopher Dum Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Exiled in America
Paying for cheap and easy food? There's a true cost, and it's human.

From “My Bad” to “I'm Sorry": Trump's Evolving Apology

Trump has apologized . . . sort of. He said the words, more than once, yet many voters are unconvinced. Why? We forgive (and often forget), when apologies are authentic.

In Praise of Nuance

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
Toward our being less black-and-white in discussing difficult issues.

Can a Reality TV Script Work for a Presidential Campaign?

What Mr. Trump’s unwavering supporters teach us about authenticity in today's culture and its future.

Is Bragging about Sexual Assault “Locker Room Talk"?

Are you wondering how to address Trump's sexual comments with your kids? How to turn them into a teaching opportunity to help kids reject sexual aggression against women.

Why Some People Don't Apologize

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 12, 2016 in Just Listen
Have we reached such a point of incivility that a sincere, heartfelt, remorse filled apology is an idea whose time has come and gone?

4 Clues to Hillary’s Real Character

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on October 12, 2016 in Me Before We
We no longer trust anything that politicians say. It is their actions that count. So what can we learn about Hillary Clinton’s character from her actions?