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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..
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) 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.
(4 comments) 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.
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) 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) 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) 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.
(4 comments) Monday, June 18, 2018 "They're Different from Us": The Profiteers of Prejudice
Today's greed-driven plutocrats know that solidarity with the disadvantaged and mistreated is jeopardized whenever differences like race, gender, and religion are emphasized and exaggerated. That's why they highlight these differences while downplaying similarities in the concerns and aspirations we all share.
(1 comments) Monday, June 4, 2018 Authoritarians, Plutocrats, and the Fight for Racial Justice
Overt racism isn't the sole engine that drives opposition to Black Lives Matter and the NFL player protests. Like every social movement, these efforts represent a threat to those who benefit most from the status quo. Atop that list are Trump himself and other tremendously wealthy Americans who choose to exploit their political power in order to advance selfish interests at the expense of the greater good.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 The APA Speaks Out Against Gina Haspel
The journey to redemption is long and often tempest-tossed. But the American Psychological Association (APA) took another noteworthy step last week when CEO Arthur Evans Jr. sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, expressing concern over President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
(4 comments) Thursday, May 3, 2018 The DCCC's Mind Games and the Ballad of Roy Moore
It's bad enough that the business-friendly Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and other establishment Democrats are aggressively tipping the scales in favor of their hand-picked "moderate" candidates in primary contests around the country. It's even worse that they've now taken to defending this strategy by comparing unwelcome progressives to the likes of Roy Moore.
(17 comments) Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The 1%'s Mind Games: Psychology Gone Bad
While millions of Americans grasp for lifelines amid the unforgiving currents of extreme inequality, multi-millionaires and billionaires comfortably ride the waves and add to their enormous wealth and power. Progress toward a more equal and decent society depends upon resisting and debunking the seductive propaganda of today's plutocratic snake-oil vendors.
(2 comments) Thursday, October 5, 2017 Fear, the NRA and Gun Industry's Deadliest Weapon
The NRA and gun lobby aggressively push psychologically-potent appeals because they know nothing sells guns like fear -- including the fear of not having a gun.
(4 comments) Wednesday, June 28, 2017 From Outer Space, Three Guideposts for the Resistance
For the Trump resistance, chronicles of aliens from outer space offer some surprisingly valuable guideposts about key psychological challenges that lie ahead: Beware Trumpian fearmongering, blind loyalists, and divide-and-conquer tactics.
(1 comments) Friday, March 17, 2017 The Sustaining Fires of Standing Rock: A Movement Grows
Regardless of the Dakota Access Pipeline's final disposition in the federal courts, Energy Transfer Partners and its cronies have unleashed a counterforce that may well exceed their comprehension and control. While digging for dollars they've awakened a movement that combines a long-overdue commitment to addressing the trampled rights of Native Americans with a reinvigorated call for climate justice and environmental action.
(5 comments) Tuesday, February 28, 2017 The Predatory Presidency
Predators in the wild aren't the only ones to use trickery, deception, and stealth as complements to brute force. To disguise the real impetus behind its recent executive orders, the Trump White House turns to sky-is-falling psychological mind games, warning us that these steps are necessary to protect the public from dire threats.
(4 comments) Monday, January 30, 2017 Bait and Switch: Psychology and Trump's Voter Fraud Tantrums
To fully understand Trump's complaints about "illegal voters," we need to recognize that voter fraud and voter suppression are opposite sides of the same coin. By promoting beliefs about the former, the groundwork is laid for pursuing the latter. In this way, tales of unlawful voting have long been a pretext for obstructing the voting rights of U.S. citizens.