Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling. Brian Resnick Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty ImagesThe white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat … Continue reading A Psychological Approximation to White Supremacism
Authoritarian Personality Syndrome, Social dominance orientation (SDO), Prejudice, Intergroup contact, and Relative deprivation. A psychological analysis of Trump supporters has uncovered 5 key traits about them The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, “How did we get here?” Any accurate and sufficient answer to that question must not only … Continue reading Five Psychological Traits that Correlate with Support for Donald Trump
Trump supporters know Trump lies. They just don’t care. A new study explains the psychological power — and hard limits — of fact-checking journalism. Brian Resnick Jul 10, 2017, 2:00pm EDT Fact-checking journalism kind of works. Getty Creative Images During the campaign — and into his presidency — Donald Trump repeatedly exaggerated and distorted crime … Continue reading Yes, Facts sink in. But they don’t matter.
Belief Superiority and Political Discord We can't all be right. Mark Leary Ph.D. American politics has been plagued by an unusual amount of conflict and animosity in recent years, even before the contentious election of 2016. People from both ends of the political spectrum accuse one another of clinging to partisan ideals and criticize one … Continue reading Believing that one’s beliefs are superior is bipartisan.
Miss underestimatedHow polls undercount centrists, not populists The polling error in the French election was bigger than in the Brexit referendum Print edition | Europe May 13th 2017 MARINE LE PEN trailed Emmanuel Macron in run-off polls by around 20 percentage points for the entire campaign. Nonetheless, punters and pundits, humbled by populist surprises in … Continue reading Shy voters?
Why It’s So Hard to Admit You’re Wrong By KRISTIN WONGMAY 22, 2017 Paul Rogers Despite your best intentions and efforts, it is inevitable: At some point in your life, you will be wrong. Mistakes can be hard to digest, so sometimes we double down rather than face them. Our confirmation bias kicks in, causing … Continue reading Feeling powerful may be an attractive short-term benefit, but there are long-term consequences
Jonathan Haidt, PhD (New York University) delivered the 2016 American Psychological Association's keynote address: "What Is Happening to Our Country? How Psychology Can Respond to Political Polarization, Incivility and Intolerance".