Anxiety, Information Seeking, and Political Participation

The psychology of grassroots advocacy and sustaining a movement Bloomberg Government regularly publishes insights, opinion and best practices from our community of senior leaders and decision-makers. This column is written by Joshua Habursky, director of advocacy at the Independent Community Bankers of America and Mike Fulton who directs the Washington office of the Asher Agency.  Historically low … Continue reading Anxiety, Information Seeking, and Political Participation

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Social Dominance Orientation Predicts Acceptance of Theories of Racial Superiority

Why are there still Nazis? These eight questions can help explain. Social dominance theory postulates that societies maintain their hierarchies by creating and promoting social beliefs that keep dominant groups on top. Eoin O'Carroll —It's 2017. Why are there still Nazis? It's a question many observers are asking after hundreds of white supremacists, many displaying … Continue reading Social Dominance Orientation Predicts Acceptance of Theories of Racial Superiority

A Psychological Approximation to White Supremacism

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

Five Psychological Traits that Correlate with Support for Donald Trump

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

Yes, Facts sink in. But they don’t matter.

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.

Believing that one’s beliefs are superior is bipartisan.

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.