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Mon Nov 5, 2018, 06:37 PM

8 lessons from psychology that explain Trump's caravan fearmongering

8 lessons from psychology that explain Trump’s caravan fearmongering

Fear and dehumanization are the defining rhetoric of the Trump administration. Why? It works.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/11/2/18055812/trump-midterms-caravan-fear-psychology

By Brian Resnick at Vox

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Lesson 5: anecdotes that instill fear of outsiders are much, much stickier than facts and figures

Our brains are built to be vigilant. We’re constantly on the lookout for threats. That’s why stories about immigrants committing crimes, stories about neighbors losing jobs to immigrants, and assertions that immigrants aren’t loyal to their adopted countries are all extremely powerful (regardless of whether they’re true).

”Once you can get that one story out there, it’s enough to start the cycle of people thinking this way and changing how people think about these out-groups,” Cikara says. “People are very sensitive to anecdotes, more than they are to abstract representations of data.”

Our minds have evolved to think in mental shortcuts — heuristics — but in the modern age, they can lead us astray.

Lesson 6: few are immune to fearing the threat of outsiders

Multiple studies find when most white people are reminded that minorities will eventually be the majority, they begin to feel less warm toward members of other races.



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Reply 8 lessons from psychology that explain Trump's caravan fearmongering (Original post)
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marylandblue Nov 5 #2
applegrove Nov 5 #3
kcr Nov 5 #4
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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:00 PM

1. K&R

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:11 PM

2. Thanks, K& R, but

When I post stuff like this, it often gets ignored. My most recent posting along these lines was shot down, apparently because the source was seen as non-progressive.

Meanwhile, any post that says, 'they all are just racist" gets a chorus of agreement.

So, I think the first person each of us needs to fix is ourselves.

May your post have better luck than mine.

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 07:42 PM

3. Yes I agree sober stuff that asks us all to take our own pulse doesn't fit in with

the deep anger people feel about Trump, the GOP and their base. When you are angry it is about fighting for your ground. Not sober reflection on the nature of humanity. So I well understand why threads like my own might sink. It will not stop me from posting threads that speak to me, a Canadian, and thus a little more removed from this traumatic time in us politics. All we can bring to the fight us ourselves. And i believe if all of us bring it..we will win.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:05 PM

4. Ooooh, our animal brains...

That explains why I almost voted for Trump in 2016, until I stopped and did some tricky mental calculations to jolt my brain back into modern, human big brain complex thinking mode. Phew! Thanks for the reminder, Vox!

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Response to kcr (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:12 PM

5. A hundred years ago racism and anti semitism and horrid London Illustrated

News cartoons of colonized people's were all the rage everywhere. Canada's favourite politician, the father of our social programs in the 1960s and 1970s in Canada, Tommy Douglass, did his PhD thesis on Eugenics. Woodrow Wilson showed 'Birth of the Nation' at the White House. It was not so long ago that the vast majority of us were outright racists.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:35 PM

6. So, the vast majority of white people being racists

is somehow evidence of Vox's article about puny animalistic brains having never really evolved much? Vox is impressed by the kind of science that sees white as the default, and therefore these claims are sufficient evidence of biological and historical norms. I'm not convinced.

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Response to kcr (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:38 PM

7. I think it applies to all humans. Not just white people. That is the point.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 08:45 PM

8. So it applies to all humans

But somehow evolved so that in practice it only works in white people's favor. Huh, what a neat evolutionary trick!

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Response to kcr (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 09:53 PM

9. Why do you think white people ended up close to the arctic? They kept

having to leave paradise. Again and again the ancestors of 'white people' moved north. Then they turned to having white skin. They had left beautiful lush territory that is now the Sahara and the middle east. They left the beautuful savannahs of africa. They left the lush civilization of old Iran. They left india. They left the stepps of asia. They left and left and left. Some even left the beautiful mediterranean.They were not always the bullies of the world. They are not now for the most part. Things come in waves. There is a wave of racism being ginned up in the USA and elsewhere. It happens to be white people today. Fact is people can be good or bad. Most people are a bit of both. We forget this at our peril. If you think you are all good you have a vulnerability to falling in with a cult. That is where Trump's base is.

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