October 24, 2018

TRY TEAM AMERICA:

9 essential lessons from psychology to understand the Trump era: Motivated reasoning, bias, fake news, conspiracy theories, and more, explained. (Brian Resnick, Oct 23, 2018, Vox)

I've spent much of the past several years reporting on political psychology, asking the country's foremost experts on human behavior some variation of, "What the hell is going on in the United States?" They often deliver.

Here are the social science lessons I keep coming back to, to help me explain what's happening in America in the Trump era. Perhaps you'll find them helpful too.

Rooting for a team alters your perception of the world.

We can be immune to uncomfortable facts.

Leaders like Trump have special powers to sway public opinion.

People don't often make decisions based on the truth.

Political opponents are often really, really bad at arguing with one another.

White people's fear of being replaced is a powerful political motivator. [...]

The most disheartening is that when you present an ideologue with the facts that show he is wrong it only makes him believe more strongly in his error.




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