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Applying the Theory of Affective Intelligence to Support for Authoritarian Policies and Parties

The idea that fear drives right-wing political attitudes and support for right-wing politicians has largely become accepted as a truism among many scholars (e.g., Altemeyer 1996; Jost et al. 2003;  2017; Robin 2004; Wilson 1973) and pundits (e.g., here, here, here). New research, published in Advances in Political Psychology, suggests that this model of conservatism..

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Liberalism and Conservatism, for a Change! Rethinking the Association Between Political Orientation and Relation to Social Change

The idea that in all societies there are some people who seek to preserve stability, conserve the status quo, and prefer incremental change, and others who are more accepting of social change innovation and reform has a long history of acceptance in scholarship (e.g. Jost et al. 2003; Mill 1859/2011; Robin 2004). Attitudes towards societal..

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Partisan Dehumanization in American Politics

Over the past decade, concern over how extremist political communities can employ social media to promote their views and incite violence has increased.  The Dangerous Speech Project defines dangerous speech as “any form of expression (e.g., speech, text, or images) that can increase the risk that its audience will condone or commit violence against members..

hidden tribes

Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape

The international initiative More in Common, in collaboration with Purpose and YouGov, recently released an extensive report on the state of civic life among the American electorate. Reviewing research on how contemporary Americans perceive the political climate in the United States, they assert that more Americans than ever perceive deep partisan division between Democrats and..

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Silencing Fellow Citizens: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Validation of a Scale for Measuring the Belief in the Importance of Actively Silencing Others

A spate of recent publications have focused on the construct of self-censorship (e.g., here, here, and here), extending and expanding the work of Andrew Hayes and his colleagues (e.g., here, here, and here). New research by Yariv Tsfati and Shira Dvir-Gvirsman adopts an alternative approach.  Instead of focusing on the construct of self-censorship, they defined and..

coddling of the american mind

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure

The origin of The Coddling of the American Mind occurred over lunch in May of 2014, with Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in attendance.  Lukianoff had asked Haidt to help him make sense of a puzzle he had noticed emerging over the past year or two.  Historically, students had consistently opposed administrative calls for campus..