Category: Political Psychology

Political Psychology

Why Roy Blunt Needs a Psychologist

Senator Roy Blunt (HA-57) proposed that all Obamacare ads contain a disclaimer: “Paid for by the American Taxpayer.” I get the idea. I can’t stand it when my tax dollars buy ads intended to raise my taxes. It means I’m fighting against myself. Still, I don’t like Senator Blunt’s plan because I think it could …

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Here’s the Most Encouraging Thing John Boehner Ever Said

John Boehner

Today on ABC’s This Week, Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke very powerful words about himself. They reveal his motivation. And it’s very encouraging. “I’m a reasonable guy. But I didn’t come to Washington to be a congressman. I came to do something for my country.” Write that down. That statement echos. Research shows …

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What Happens When You Count Your Blessings?

I think I was upset about losing a baseball game. I don’t remember. I’m better now, but when I was a kid, everybody knew when I was upset. I made sure of it. And I hated when someone tried to break those foul moods. Wouldn’t you know it. My mom said, “count your blessings.” Yeah. …

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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 …

Political Psychology

Don’t Miss The Brain Study That Tells You How to Influence Democrats

One of the most powerful tools of influence is fear. Decades of research shows that fear of loss is about three times as motivating as hope for gain. (This changes under certain situations, like conditions of certain loss, but that’s for another time.) So political message writers often use negative messages to influence voters to …

Political Psychology

Ambition Comes In Good and Bad Flavors

When I was in high school I wanted to be a US Senator. Wait, that wasn’t the punch line. That ambition changed, and I’m glad it did. It was a bad ambition. Steve Jobs wanted to build an enduring company that made insanely great products that people loved. Thank God he pursued and achieved his …

Political Psychology

Why The Sequester Is Worse Now Than It Will Be After It Happens

Welcome Dr. Gina Show Listeners! Republicans should announce “the sequester won’t be so bad” and shut up, and science tells us why. Obama, the Dems, liberal pundits, the press, and even John Boehner are running around yelling about how horrible the sequester will be. In some deep recesses of our minds, we agree.  “Oh, my God! We’re …