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Let’s Not Talk About the Dragon!

There is no good way to address populist fearmongering. The good news is that you shouldn’t do it anyway.
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How Many Protesters Are Enough in Your Opinion?

What happens to you when protests, scandals, or expressing political opinion though voting or opinion polls all stop working?  Continue reading “How Many Protesters Are Enough in Your Opinion?”

Helplessness is a many-splendored thing

The kind of helplessness that you internalize in your daily life comes in many shapes. It is involuntarily induced by state measures even at the best of times – but purposely accelerated by unscrupulous strongmen when you are ready to be slowly boiled.

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How Stereotypes Create the World You Fear

The term ‘stereotype threat’ refers to being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one’s group  (Steele & Aronson, 1995). This chapter investigates whether the self-enforcement mechanism of stereotype threat might work as the transmission mechanism through which we internalise authoritarian behaviour.

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