Tag: Politics


Tag: Politics

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Articles: People Who Feel Excluded Are Susceptible to Conspiracy Theories

By Tom Jacobs | October 27, 2016

New research provides a possible clue as to why so many Donald Trump supporters believe outlandish things.


Articles: How You Can Find the Good in a Nasty Election Cycle

By Kelly McGonigal | October 26, 2016

You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (New Press, 2016, 288 pages)

Articles: Scaling the Empathy Wall

By Laura Saponara | October 21, 2016

In her new book, Arlie Hochschild urges us to feel what Donald Trump voters feel.

Swiss proponents of basic income dump 8 million coins in a public square, one for each Swiss resident.

Articles: Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?

By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016

How would a guaranteed minimum income affect our happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?


Articles: How to Build an Inclusive School Community During a Divisive Election

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 28, 2016

A new report finds that the presidential election is having a negative impact on students. What can educators do?


Articles: What Drives Success, Hard Work or Luck?

By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2016

A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.


Articles: How to Talk with Your Kids about Donald Trump

By Allison Briscoe-Smith | April 13, 2016

The GOP candidate is creating fear and confusion in children, especially kids of color. Here are three suggestions for talking with kids about race and racism in the media.

2016, Berrett-Koehler, 199 pages.

Articles: Can We Bring the USA Back Together Again?

By Jill Suttie | March 18, 2016

A new book highlights the many ways that Americans are trying to bridge political divides.


Articles: How Purity Divides Us

By Emily Gersema | February 26, 2016

A study of moral values reveals issues related to purity can determine how close—or how far—we want to be with someone in social and political circles.


Articles: How to Pick a President without Being Sexist

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 24, 2016

As Americans interview candidates for president, how can they make sure gender bias doesn't get in the way of hiring the right one?


Articles: Does Virtue or Vice Work Better in Politics?

By Kathleen Maclay | February 23, 2016

A new study examines which politicians get support for their legislation and which ones don't.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama

Articles: Culture Shapes How Leaders Smile

By Clifton B. Parker | February 22, 2016

The way presidents and government officials smile depends on which emotions their culture values, a new study finds.


Articles: The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015

By Jason Marsh, Kirra Dickinson, Kira M. Newman, Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2015

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.


Articles: Five Ways to Build Caring Community on Social Media

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 20, 2015

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, it's time to ask what behaviors might support other people's well-being on social media.

Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

Articles: Racism is Not a Mental Illness

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015

Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?


Articles: Is Facebook Building Political Bridges?

By Tom Jacobs | May 8, 2015

Two new studies defy conventional wisdom by finding that social media is exposing people to different ideas, not isolating them.


Articles: Why Evolution Made Forgiveness Difficult

By Anthony C. Lopez | March 24, 2015

Nature endowed humanity with both revenge and forgiveness as tools of conflict resolution. But why does one seem so much harder than the other?

Can you spot true happiness in a person's smile? Take our emotional intelligence quiz!

Articles: Are Conservatives Really Happier than Liberals?

By Tom Jacobs | March 16, 2015

Research has found that right-wingers report being happier than those on the left. But a new study calls that into question by measuring words and behavior.


Articles: Optimism for Me, Pessimism for We

By Lisa Bennett | April 22, 2014

New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?

Knopf, 2014, 242 pages

Articles: When Empathy Fails

By Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014

Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.


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