Roy Eidelson is a psychologist who studies, writes about, and consults on the role of psychological issues in political, organizational, and group conflict settings. He is a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and the former executive director of Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania..
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(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 8, 2021
U.S. Psychology's Unfinished Journey from 9/11 The past 20 years should be remembered as a critical, painful chapter in the history of U.S. psychology: the misguided enmeshment of psychologists and psychological science in the worst of the so-called war on terror; the unconscionable abuses perpetrated by members of the profession; and the American Psychological Association's own failure to tenaciously defend "do no harm" principles during times of uncertainty and threat.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Rumsfeld Then, DeSantis Now: The Lies That Bind The recent manipulative mind games about COVID-19 from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis should remind us of propaganda we once heard about Iraq from former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The deadly consequences are reminiscent too.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Psychologists Should Now Lead the Call to Close Guantanamo As a matter of history and ethics, it is time for the American Psychological Association and US psychologists to join other human rights groups in calling for the permanent closure of the Guantanamo detention facility.
(14 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 18, 2020
With the Win-Win Machine, Most of Us Actually Lose The Democratic establishment--eager to soothe the billionaire class--portrays progressives as misguided and misinformed, as out of touch with what Americans really want, and as proponents of dangerous reforms. In sharp contrast, they depict so-called centrists as having been unjustly victimized and as blameless for the party's shortcomings.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 6, 2020
Black Lives Matter: Resisting the Propaganda of Status Quo Defenders Political mind games are used by status-quo defending authorities when their apparent wrongdoing and corruption are too obvious to ignore. This is clearly the case in the current national crisis over police brutality and institutional racism, where these manipulative appeals are used to create the doubt and division that undermine the solidarity necessary for achieving long overdue progress. .
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2020
Asylum, Now an American Horror Story We've seen the Muslim travel ban, the attempted rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the terrorizing of communities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Now we're witnessing an assault designed to suffocate the hopes and life prospects of asylum seekers.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Beware the Bipartisan Legion of Doom: Corporate Democrats and Trump's GOP Corporate Democrats and Trump's GOP are both beholden to the same benefactors: an assortment of status-quo-defending behemoths that includes Wall Street, the oil and gas industry, health insurance companies, Big Pharma, military contractors, and mainstream media conglomerates. They therefore share the same no-holds-barred commitment: making sure that progressive victories are few and far between.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 13, 2020
Still Torturing the Truth, After All These Years The evidence that psychologists were involved in the abusive treatment of detainees is now beyond dispute. We must resist misguided efforts that attempt to rewrite history by denying past wrongs and calamitous choices. Certainly, we owe this to those who have suffered at psychology's hands; we owe it to the profession; and we owe it to the generation of psychologists that will follow us.
SHARE Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Bernie, Biden, and My Father If my father were alive today, I'm sure we'd still be having our weekly Sunday morning breakfasts together. The number one topic--after his grandchildren--was usually politics. So here in January 2020, that would undoubtedly mean two lifelong Democrats (I'm now 66 myself) sitting at his kitchen table, debating the relative merits of presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
(22 comments) SHARE Monday, October 28, 2019
Psychology's "Dark Triad" and the Billionaire Class Psychological research suggests that the super-rich, as a group, aren't necessarily the role models we collectively need if our goal is to advance the common good and build a more decent society. In particular, one reason to be skeptical involves a constellation of interlinked personality traits -- Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism -- that psychologists call the "Dark Triad."
SHARE Thursday, September 26, 2019
Silencing Our Veterans: A Bridge Too Far The censorship demands from a faction of APA military operational psychologists threaten to undermine both scientific inquiry and democracy. If we succumb to this bullying, it will encourage a culture of surveillance that chills public discourse and imperils whistleblowers.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Free PDF Version of POLITICAL MIND GAMES now available As we enter the 2020 election cycle, we're sure to be bombarded with manipulative psychological appeals designed to advance the interests of the super-rich and powerful- at the expense of the common good. To help recognize and counter this propaganda, I've created a free PDF version of my book "Political Mind Games: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What's Happening, What's Right, and What's Possible."
SHARE Monday, July 15, 2019
Give Peace a Chance: Don't Believe the War Profiteers War profiteers prey on our core psychological concerns with two goals in mind. First, they aim to create an American public that either embraces or at least accepts an endless war mentality. Second, they use these "mind games" to marginalize and disempower anti-war voices. We need to inoculate ourselves against their manipulative tactics, and then help others to do the same.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 22, 2019
Is the American Psychological Association Addicted to Militarism and War? Wedo everyone a disservice when we fail to question and challenge a system and a culture that so readily place them and others in harm's way. It is time for the APA and its members to decide whether the world's largest psychological association is ready to overcome its "addiction" and help lead us forward.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 21, 2019
Stoking Fear: We Must Remember How the Iraq War Was Sold History shows that fearmongering has long been a standard tactic used to rally public support and acquiescence for military interventions that are both unwarranted and unwise.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, February 1, 2019
In a World of Corporate-Backed Politicians, Beware the Sounds of Sirens For many Americans hoping to help steer our beleaguered country toward greater justice and equality, a pair of modern-day--albeit figurative--Sirens are seemingly always poised to draw us off course. Indeed, their beguiling appeals and promises will only grow louder and more persistent as we move ever closer to Election Day 2020.
SHARE Friday, December 21, 2018
Get Ready for These Political Mind Games in 2019 Our core concerns--about vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness--are soft targets for manipulation by today's plutocrats. There are twenty "political mind games" we should watch out for in the year ahead. Progress toward greater democracy will depend upon recognizing and resisting them.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 2, 2018
A Tale of Two Caravans It makes sense that Donald Trump and other GOP leaders are worried about an approaching caravan. But it's not the one you're probably thinking of.
(15 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Political Mind Games: The Kavanaugh File GOP leaders have once again turned to their favorite mind game playbook to quell controversy over allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 23, 2018
Another Crossroads for the APA Leaders of the American Psychological Association (APA) will meet next month in San Francisco at the annual convention. There they will hold two critical votes, both with important ramifications for whether the APA will again lose its way and stumble badly when next confronted with the stark choice between do-no-harm ethics on the one hand and expediency and careerism on the other.