The Psychology of Politics
The study of politics draws from the knowledge and principles of political science, sociology, history, economics, neuroscience, and other related fields in order to examine and understand the political behavior that ultimately informs government policy and leadership in America. The goal of exploring these relationships is to understand how we act collectively, govern ourselves, make political decisions, resolve conflict, and use and abuse power, all of which reflect our deepest fears at least as much as our aspirations and ideals.
The personalities, ethics, behavior, motives, judgements, integrity, and management styles of political leaders must also be addressed. More than ever, social psychologists and others have a lot to say about the divisive nature of partisan politics and what can be done to allow diverse voices to be heard on topics like healthcare and immigration and reconcile the strong differences of opinion that can impede progress and pull a nation apart.