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By jazz_music follow jazz_music   2019 Jul 8, 1:36pm 252 views   4 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share

Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.
Posted Dec 27, 2018

Whether we want to or not, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility. As he himself said even before he won the presidential election, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Unfortunately for the American people, this wild-sounding claim appears to be truer than not. It should also motivate us to explore the science underlying such peculiar human behavior, so we can learn from it, and potentially inoculate against it.

In all fairness, we should recognize that lying is sadly not uncommon for politicians on both sides of the political aisle, but the frequency and magnitude of the current president’s lies should have us all wondering why they haven’t destroyed his political career, and instead perhaps strengthened it. Similarly, we should be asking why his inflammatory rhetoric and numerous scandals haven’t sunk him. We are talking about a man who was caught on tape saying, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy.” Politically surviving that video is not normal, or anything close to it, and such a revelation would likely have been the end of Barack Obama or George Bush had it surfaced weeks before the election.

While dozens of psychologists have analyzed Trump, to explain the man’s political invincibility, it is more important to understand the minds of his staunch supporters. While various popular articles have illuminated a multitude of reasons for his unwavering support, there appears to be no comprehensive analysis that contains all of them. Since there seems to be a real demand for this information, I have tried to provide that analysis below.

Some of the explanations come from a 2017 review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology by the psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew. Others have been put forth as far back as 2016, by me, in various articles and blog posts for publications like Psychology Today. A number of these were inspired by insights from psychologists like Sheldon Solomon, who laid the groundwork for the influential Terror Management Theory, and David Dunning, who did the same for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

This list will begin with the more benign reasons for Trump’s intransigent support. As the list goes on, the explanations become increasingly worrisome, and toward the end, border on the pathological. It should be strongly emphasized that not all Trump supporters are racist, mentally vulnerable, or fundamentally bad people. It can be detrimental to society when those with degrees and platforms try to demonize their political opponents or paint them as mentally ill when they are not. That being said, it is just as harmful to pretend that there are not clear psychological and neural factors that underlie much of Trump supporters’ unbridled allegiance.

The psychological phenomena described below mostly pertain to those supporters who would follow Trump off a cliff. These are the people who will stand by his side no matter what scandals come to light, or what sort of evidence for immoral and illegal behavior surfaces.

(more to read at the link)
1   Shaman   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 8, 2:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Old article. The same author posted one a couple weeks ago that’s slightly more relevant.

In the older article you posted, the author makes many many MANY assumptions and claims that are provably false. His first points are fair, if presented in a very biased way, but slide down into absolute ridiculous lies toward the end of his silly list.

The second article he purports to analyze Trump’s analytical ability and contrast that with his intuition. After doing some extremely sketchy pop psychology “science” using media clips (yah I know, it’s what gives psychologists a bad name), he asserts that the Donald is practically an imbecile when it comes to analytics. Then he asserts that his intuition is high but doesn’t say how he knows this. Then he denigrates the value of intuition as unscientific and in enlightened.

Robert Heinlen wrote that “Intuition is the result of the most sophisticated sort of thinking.” It’s that “gut” feeling we get when we can’t explain how we know something but we just do. It’s a survival mechanism that pairs our subconscious mind with our conscious mind to establish a visceral certainty that must be acted upon.

As human beings in a chaotic and unpredictable world, we don’t usually get much data about each decision we have to make, leaving us to make a best guess about many choices. The subconscious mind which controls our autonomic functions (like digestion, heart rate, muscle memory, etc) is very powerful and is always taking note of sensory input. The conscious mind might be engaged fully in watching a show or considering a solution to a problem or typing out a response on the internet, but the subconscious mind is monitoring the situation. When it comes to a conclusion based on a dozen small clues that our conscious mind didn’t notice, it provides that certainty to us in the form of an autonomic response. If you believe something in your heart, you have to act on it. And your subconscious mind is your “heart.” If it believes that there is an intruder in your back yard, it’s going to act on that belief. Your heart rate will spike, your muscles will tense, digestion gets put on pause, and adrenaline courses your veins.
That’s intuition.
But there are subtler forms where the new belief doesn’t require a flight or fight response. Maybe you just know that grandma’s health is failing fast and she won’t last the night. Maybe you just know that your wife is cheating on you even though you haven’t actually caught her. Maybe you just know that letting Transgenders compete as “women” in the Olympics is a fucking terrible idea that will ruin the event.

Logic and reason can be applied to justify any sort of position. We can lie to ourselves and each other in creative ways, proving that up is down and black is white.
But you can’t lie to your heart. That’s why intuition is more valuable than logic when it comes to finding Truth.
If the Donald relies heavily on intuition, it would explain why he so often gets right to the heart of any matter in record time.
2   RC2006   ignore (3)   2019 Jul 8, 3:23pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

TDS has been hitting Jazz hard lately, was it seing all the American flags for July 4th everywhere?
3   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (49)   2019 Jul 8, 4:11pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Mr Panther,

Someones voted for a guy from NY who lives on dad's money, lisps so badly he makes Liberace sound like Johnny Cash whose only real job is laundering money for failed communists and they don't want to have to admit all that.
4   FortWayneIndiana   ignore (4)   2019 Jul 8, 4:17pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

RC2006 says
TDS has been hitting Jazz hard lately, was it seing all the American flags for July 4th everywhere?

American flags tend to trigger leftists pretty hard these days.

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