Tag: political psychology

2016 Election, Politics, Trump

Why does Ted Cruz’s Speech Bother Me So Much?

I’m trying to put my finger on exactly why I found Ted Cruz’s remarks Wednesday night so incredibly distasteful. The Pledge thing is a goodly part of it. Simply put, the parties to the Pledge Ted Cruz signed were only Ted Cruz and the RNC (by extension, you can probably include the delegates and voters, …

Political Psychology

One Strong Leader Can Keep Congress In Line

Why do our members of Congress disappoint us? Why do they seem to put their personal interests ahead of the mission we elected them to do? More importantly, how we can we deter Republicans or bring them back to the fold? Study Shows How Communities Keep Members In Line New research by University of Oxford …

Political Psychology

Use This One Word Because It Makes You More Influential

Don’t ask me to explain why the human brain works the way it does. And don’t ask me how scientists get the idea for some experiments. Instead, take note of the most influential work in the English language, because I want you to be more influential. What’s that one word? It’s not “you” or “free” or …

Political Psychology

If You Want Fewer Abortions, Stop Talking About How Many There Are

I’m using abortion as an example, but this bit of science applies to all political messaging. What’s wrong with this headline? I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. It shouts: “Everybody’s getting an abortion!” Even if connected with messages that say abortion is wrong. In numerous studies, messages intended to discourage a behavior by promoting …

Science

Why GOP Pandering to Young Voters Backfires

Marco Rubio gave the Republican response to the State of the Union address for two reasons. First, Rubio’s Cuban, and the GOP wants to court Latinos. Second, Rubio’s relatively young, and the GOP wants to stop the bleeding when it comes to young voters. But there’s a fundamental problem with the Republican approach, and it …