Essential Reads

Thinking About Good Soldiers Who Died for Bad Causes

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 30, 2016 in Ambigamy
Good soldiers have died for horrible causes. It is our moral duty today to reflect on how that ends up happening.

Donald´s Trump Card . . . or Twitter Tease?

Trump´s tweets trend. This provides the perfect personality snapshot, as Twitter´s 140 character limitation allows us to analyze the temperament behind the tweet.

Memorial Day: Then and Now

Do you remember the origins of Memorial Day? Do your weekend plans reflect it?

Is there any way to save the world?

Do our big comfort-seeking brains doom us to destroy our world? A self-sustaining community called Earthship raises hope, but psychology is needed to change our choices.

More Posts on Politics

What Mr. Trump’s Success Teaches Us About Authentic Branding

An authentic brand is a powerful differentiator and persuades target customers. But it is difficult to pull off.

Trump Tag

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Play in Mind
Playing politics on the playground

The Libertarian Moment Is Now

In a culture that craves choices and options, in which we can order our coffee in 87,000 different ways at Starbucks, shouldn’t we have more than two choices for president?

Debate Like It's 2028

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Ambigamy
Debates aren't won in the present but the future when outcomes are revealed. Here's a quick tip on how to shift a debate's focus to the future and what really counts.

Religious Freedom Shouldn't Trump Other Civil Rights

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 28, 2016 in Saving Normal
Religious freedom is an important right, but isn't absolute when it violates the rights and dignity of others or the legitimate interests of public policy.

Conspiracy Theories and You:

Conspiracy theories have much to say about who we are and where we're going.

A Parable About Chinese Trade Protections

Good stories often offer stronger insight than quick advice.

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in In One Lifespan
In the Roman Republic, freedom had a unique meaning.

The One Best Way to Prepare for the Future

To thrive in this shocking moment and navigate the future, we need to take a deep breath, step back and realize this.

When Diversity Is Wrong

We take religion too seriously. If all religions are false, then they should all be excluded from our public life.

Transhumanism May Change Racism in the Future

Despite decades of progress, racism and bigotry are still prevalent in the United States. Coming transhumanism technology might help us all get along better.

In Politics, Is It Always Good to Be a Woman?

Should Hillary play the Woman Card or the Human Card? Counteracting the stereotype of the female political candidate.

The Suppression of Individual Liberty

Humans are the only animals with free will. With freedom comes responsibility and despite so much perceived “freedom,” many are unhappy. Loss of individual liberty may be to blame

September 11th, Evolution, and the Face of Hell

September 11, 2001 showed us the darkest side of our nature. The evolutionary perspective can help us understand why.

PC: That Powerful Term That No One Bothers To Define

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Ambigamy
Accusing someone of being PC has become just another way of saying, "The problem is you, not me. I'm not insensitive; you're hypersensitive." Here's a better definition.

Charisma and Vision

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Hot Thought
Charisma and vision are important characteristics of leaders such as Justin Trudeau and Steve Jobs. Both are intensely emotional.

The Most Important Quality of a President: Temperament

The words candidates choose, and how and when they use them, are important indicators of temperament, a crucial characteristic of US Presidents.

Is Hillary an Enabler?

Standing by your man — is it an act of weakness?

Calling the Holocaust "Bullying" Is Offensive

By Izzy Kalman on May 18, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
Experts who call the Holocaust "bullying" are wrong. They are trivializing genocide and catastrophizing bullying. Genocide is actually victim behavior.

The Kelly Trump Rematch - If I Were Megyn Kelly

A mistake stops being a mistake when you learn the lesson it is trying to teach you and correct it going forward so that you don't repeat it.

A Message to Clinton, Trump and Sanders

We need high goals. We need lofty aims that give us hope, lofty things we can set out to achieve. A nation that looks up goes up. A nation that looks down.

The Manliness of Donald Trump

Not since Ronald Reagan has America had a manly president, and maybe that’s a good thing. Trump’s “us vs. them” mentality appeals to our visceral, unthinking instincts.

Who Deserves Healthcare and Unemployment Benefits?

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in Pop Psych
Understanding why people often hold fundraisers for cancer but not for unemployment

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Electing a woman president would be truly revolutionary.

Donald, people who live in glass houses shouldn't name call

Will she do everything she can to resist the ever-so-tempting, but career-ending response of, “You Mr. Trump are an ignorant pr—k!” from a Megan Kelly?

Does Happiness Really Come From Within?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Living Single
What's wrong with believing that happiness comes from within?

How to Not Be Fooled by Jerks. Or Become One

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 12, 2016 in Ambigamy
New studies suggest that gullibility can be gauged by one's respect for nonsense that's all dressed up. Here are four tools for undressing it.

“Normal Barbie” Challenges Body Ideals

Should dolls represent 'real' people? Some believe that it is essential to resist the thin ideal.

Rocking the Vote: Is Trump Psychology Flash Over Substance?

Does Donald Trump have star power or staying power? Is Trump psychology a case of flash over substance?

Making Sense of the Moment We're In

Are the relentless shocks of our present moment wearing you out? Seeing the big picture can help us all navigate—and thrive—through these uncertain times.