The psychology of how someone becomes radicalized Angela Fritz Several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carrying torches march through Charlottesville in August 2017. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post) Before he walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue with three handguns and an assault rifle, authorities say, professed his desired to “kill Jews” and opened fire, Robert … Continue reading The Three Pillars of Radicalisation.
The Personality Trait That Is Ripping America (and the World) Apart. People who are antagonistic resonate more with populist messages. Scott Barry Kaufman. October 26, 2018. "First there was the "Me Generation" then "Generation Me". Now we have empirical evidence that we live in what will become known as the "Asshole Age" otherwise known as the Twitter … Continue reading Certain Personality Traits are More Attracted to Populism.
How the Science of "Blue Lies" May Explain Trump's Support. They are a very particular form of deception that can build solidarity within groups Donald Trump tells lies. His deceptions and misleading statements are easy to unmask. In one example—among hundreds of well-documented lies—FBI director James Comey told Congress in March that there is "no … Continue reading The Psychology of Trump’s Lies.
The Neuroscience of Hate Speech. Humans are social creatures who are easily influenced by the anger and rage that are everywhere these days. Oct. 31, 2018. Ben Jones. Do politicians’ words, the president’s especially, matter? Since he has been in office, President Trump has relentlessly demonized his political opponents as evil and belittled them as … Continue reading Psychology and neuroscience give us insights into the power of people’s words.
The Neuroscience of Hate Speech. Humans are social creatures who are easily influenced by the anger and rage that are everywhere these days. Oct. 31, 2018. Ben Jones. Do politicians’ words, the president’s especially, matter? Since he has been in office, President Trump has relentlessly demonized his political opponents as evil and belittled them … Continue reading The Neuroscience of Hate Speech.
Why People Ignore Facts. When it comes to reasoning, identity trumps truth. Steve Rathje. Posted Oct 25, 2018 Our ability to reason did not develop simply to help us find the truth. Instead, reasoning evolved to fulfill fundamentally social functions, like cooperating in large groups and communicating with others. This is one of the arguments … Continue reading People can (and do) understand the facts, but the facts don’t always matter.
How Identity, Not Issues, Explains the Partisan Divide New research has disturbing implications Cameron Brick, Sander van der Linden June 19, 2018 U.S. politics increasingly looks like a savage battle between left and right. Consistent with closing ranks in a battle, Americans are expressing policy opinions that align more and more with their political groups. … Continue reading The identitarian isolation