How to Defuse a Classroom Conflict: Make It More Complex (with Caroline Mehl)
(November 30th, 2022)
Offers five strategies to help students break through binary thinking, drawn from our experience with the Perspectives program, from the Constructive Dialogue Institute.
When Truth and Social Justice Collide, Choose Truth (Originally published on heterodox: the blog)
(September 23rd, 2022)
Explains why I resigned from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology after they added a mandatory social justice statement as a requirement for presenting research at the annual conference. I explained how this was a violation of our quasi-fiduciary duty to the truth.
(November 24th, 2021)
Offers advice for engaging in productive conversations with our relatives and friends.
(November 1st, 2021)
Explains final-five voting, an electoral system that prioritizes healthy competition—with incentives for innovation, results, and accountability.
(July 31st, 2021)
Examines how smartphone access and the internet may help to explain the global rise in teenage loneliness in school which began after 2012
(April 13th, 2021)
Provides a solution to help Americans move forward together to find common ground and common purpose
(February 10th, 2020)
A collegial debate on whether social media has adverse outcomes on adolescent mental health
Explores the many ways in which today’s social-media platforms create conditions that may be hostile to democracies success
Democracy demands teamwork, compromise, respect for rules and a willingness to engage with other opinionated, vociferous individuals. It also demands practice. This article explains why the playground may be the best place to practice
(German translation is here) (December 17th, 2017)
This essay is an edited version of my Wriston Lecture for the Manhattan Institute, delivered on November 15th
Explains why the idea that “speech is sometimes violence” on college campuses will make students more anxious and more willing to justify harm
Explains why we agree with Harvard’s President, Drew Faust, who warned in her commencement address that any effort to limit some speech “opens the dangerous possibility that the speech that is ultimately censored may be our own”
Written just before the 2016 election, offering ideas from moral psychology and ancient cultures for turning down hatred and living with people who hold different political beliefs.
As nationalist movements were expanding in Europe, in 2016, I wrote this to explain the psychological forces that drive voters to support nationalism, forces that more “cosmopolitan” globalists often misunderstand
I wrote this with Australian psychologist Nick Haslam, to explain his important idea of “concept creep” and how it plays out on university campuses in the UK and USA
A deeper exploration of the psychology and morality of globalists and nationalists, going beyond my earlier essay on this in The American Interest
Uses Moral Foundations Theory to help explain why Americans vote for the candidates they vote for, in primary elections where they have a choice within their party
This is the most widely read and most influential article I have ever written. It developed Greg Lukianoff’s insight that many college students were engaging in the same cognitive distortions he had learned how to stop doing when he learned how to do Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Explains that the destructive dynamic between Democrats and Republicans is the result of at least 10 trends that have played out over the past half-century
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