There are ways to temper your toughest critic and take constructive control of your feelings.
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Tools to keep our biases in check
Daniel R. Stalder Ph.D.
Wealthy parents allegedly bribed and lied to get their kids into preferred colleges. If true, it’s an injustice. But we may not want to shame all snowplow parents.
Political tribalism is worse than ever. The government shutdown is a consequence. What are the psychological mechanisms? And what is our way out?
There’s a lot of anger and misjudgment between drivers on the road. The consequences can be deadly. Why is driver bias so common? How can we stop it?
Many of us are big hypocrites, and when we are caught, we defend ourselves in biased ways. Are there unbiased ways to handle embarrassment?
A new study suggested trigger warnings might harm students. But several caveats have been missed. The results even reveal that warnings might be helpful.
Eating ice cream correlates with crime but doesn’t cause it. The underlying lesson is applicable in surprising domains and can even reduce discrimination.
It’s easy to read people’s nonverbal cues, tell what they’re feeling, and know if they’re flirting, right? Not really. Verbal communication is a better choice.
Support the wall or you’re for open borders. Silence is betrayal. These are persuasive talking points. Are they also illogical?
Political leaders' rhetoric can take some blame for recent spikes in tribalism. But what else causes it? And what can we do about it?
Racism is still a problem in America, and it seemed to show itself again in the recent Starbucks story. But is implicit-bias training the best remedy?
Look before you leap. Haste makes waste. Good suggestions to avoid mistakes, but how exactly do we make ourselves slow down?
Many areas of social science cover biases. They include social psychology, cognitive psychology, and behavioral economics. But is knowledge from these areas enough to reduce bias?
Daniel R. Stalder, Ph.D., is a social psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and author of The Power of Context.