Psychology Gone Bad: How the Powerful Mislead Us about What’s Happening, What’s Right,
The Noberini Psychology Colloquium
Monday, February 25th, 4:30pm, Kelly Commons Room 4C
"Psychology Gone Bad: How the Powerful Mislead Us about What’s Happening, What’s Right, and What’s Possible”
Roy Eidelson, Ph.D.
Past President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Former Executive Director, Solomon Asch Center for Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania
Author of "Political Mind Games: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What's Happening, What's Right, and What's Possible"
In the United States today, giant corporations rake in record profits, mammoth defense contractors push for more of everything military, global polluters block effective responses to climate change, and influential voices condemn those who are struggling or “different.” Most Americans want something else: a country where inequality is less extreme and where the common good matters more than the priorities of powerful interests. But efforts to achieve this progressive vision are hobbled by manipulative psychological appeals designed to mislead, confuse and divide us. A clinical and political psychologist, Dr. Eidelson will explain why these deceptive ploys often work—and how we can recognize and resist them.