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"Adversity doesn't build character, it exposes it......" Dad; Psychotherapist; Lawyer; Executive Board Member @worldmhc; 2-time Traumatic Brain Injury survivor
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Jan 12 21 tweets 11 min read
Thread of threads analyzing the psychology of why tens of millions of people support/follow/defend someone as severely disordered as Trump:

First, a thread analyzing how victimhood erodes self-efficacy, and creates susceptibility to authoritarianism:
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Image Thread of threads analyzing the psychology of why tens of millions of people support/follow/defend someone as severely disordered as Trump.

A thread analyzing the "non-falsifiability" of the Trump myth:

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Dec 1, 2023 28 tweets 8 min read
Perhaps the most important factor in analyzing political behavior:

People have an innate need to believe they are the "good guys".

Let’s unpack….

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Image At the core of “Us-versus-Them” narratives is the in-group’s innate belief that they are the "good guys"...

.....and that the "out group", or the “them” are the "bad guys".

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Nov 13, 2023 18 tweets 8 min read
Dopamine appears to play a role in confirmation bias, tribalism, conspiracy theory susceptibility, & “revenge politics".

People often ask:

How do we fix this, or “detox” the country?

After studying recent clinical trial data...

...is the answer “Ozempic”?

Let’s unpack…

1/ First, let’s review:

In 2018, I observed the parallels in political tribalism/conflict, and addiction.

I asked an advisor if i could focus on this in a grad school thesis, but was told I didn’t have the time, and the program didn’t have the resources.

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Oct 10, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
A few relevant threads analyzing the relationship dynamic between Trump and some of his supporters.

Let's unpack...starting with the role that humor comedy plays creating connection and rapport...

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Image One of the stated reasons that people claim to be drawn to Trump is because, "he tells like it is".

This is false....

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Sep 30, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
A sociopathic narcissist.....

....who has been indicted four times and charged with 91 felonies....

....makes jokes about an 82 year old man having his skull fractured with a hammer....

....and his loyal supporters laugh....

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Sep 23, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Attached below are several relevant threads analyzing the neuropsychology involved in conspiracy theory susceptibility and belief.

1/ Relevant thread #1 analyzing the neuropsychology involved in conspiracy theory susceptibility and belief.

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Aug 4, 2023 28 tweets 10 min read
Regardless of whether it’s impeachment hearings, or political violence…

…Trump’s indictments, and potential criminal convictions, make it increasingly likely the Right will engage in revenge politics.

Let’s unpack the neuropsychology of the “hedonic reward” of revenge…

1/ I’ve analyzed the role of dopamine/addiction in confirmation bias, tribalism, conspiracy theory susceptibility......

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https://t.co/CdJLPGmBug



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Jun 24, 2023 77 tweets 19 min read
Is there a potential relationship between a lack of self-efficacy....

(“Learned helplessness”….fragility….and victimhood)

….and an attraction to authoritarian leaders?

Is self-efficacy lower in rural conservatives?

Let’s unpack……

1/ https://t.co/gWUefaClJI
After listening to the podcast referenced...

...one of the things that wasn’t mentioned was the role that personality traits play in political ideology.

A short story:

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May 23, 2023 42 tweets 11 min read
The response to E. Jean Carroll’s sexual assault verdict is the latest example of the Right’s tribal defense of Trump.

Defending Trump requires detachment from reality…

...and, most importantly…

...abandoning, what science refers to as:

"Falsifiability”

Let’s unpack…

1/ In science, a hypothesis/theory is credible if it is “falsifiable”.

This means there must be the possibility that the claim can be tested and proven wrong…

...with the conclusion being that, if the hypothesis/theory is tested and proven wrong, then it is not true/accurate.

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May 6, 2023 47 tweets 14 min read
There are 3 things at play:

1. An increased number of psychologically disordered people in power

2. The effect disordered politicians have on people who have disordered traits or actual disorders

3. The effect disordered people have on non-disordered people

Let’s unpack…

1/ ImageImageImage Trump is uniquely disordered, and therefore uniquely dangerous.

I’ve analyzed Trump’s psychological profile extensively, here…….

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Apr 16, 2023 60 tweets 12 min read
Interesting conversation w/@hubermanlab & @jordanbpeterson .

Several things expand upon concepts/theories that I’ve previously observed/analyzed through a political lens including dopamine/addiction, emotion over logic/reason, etc.

Let’s unpack…

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Important topics covered include:

- The effect that physical/somatic responses of the body have on logic/rationality/judgment.

- Relationship between dopamine (reward system of the brain involved w/addiction) & norepinephrine (adrenaline, which creates physical reactions).

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Mar 9, 2023 12 tweets 4 min read
@TuckerCarlson:

The country is afflicted by "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

Also Carlson:

"I hate [Trump] passionately"

and

"We're all pretending we've got a lot to show for [the last 4 years], b/c admitting what a disaster [Trump has] been is too tough to digest."

and

1/ More Carlson:

Trump was good at "destroying things. He's the undisputed world champion of that. He could easily destroy us if we play it wrong."

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Feb 17, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Thread about the "demand and supply" dynamic that forced FOX to perpetuate lies/disinformation to avoid being outflanked by more aggressive Right Wing media outlets:

1/ A FOX reporter fact-checked Trump and said there was no evidence of voter fraud from Dominion.

Carlson told Hannity: "Please get her fired. Seriously...What the fuck?...It needs to stop immediately, like tonight. It's measurably hurting the company. The stock price is down."

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Feb 12, 2023 32 tweets 6 min read
This woman first reached out in 2019 while struggling with emotional/psychological issues stemming from severe childhood sexual abuse…

...which contributed to a narcissistic/emotionally unavailable partner, alcoholism, and emotional detachment from her son/grandchildren.

1/ Over the years, she has periodically checked in with questions and updates, and has had interesting timing with her own supportive messages that have coincided with struggles I’ve had in my personal life….. 2/
Dec 20, 2022 15 tweets 4 min read
Hope Hicks: “I was…concerned that we were damaging his legacy.”

Trump: “Nobody will care about my legacy if I lose. So that won’t matter. The only thing that matters is winning.”

Insight into Trump's narcissism.

Let's unpack....
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From a 2019 thread analyzing the fragility of Trump's psychology/ego:

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Dec 11, 2022 10 tweets 3 min read
An insightful comment to Klass' article on Musk....

....and other "Secret Geniuses".

Let's unpack......

There is a psychological/emotional parallel between people who embrace conspiracy theory and people who lionize the “secret genius”.

1/ In both cases, people latch on to something/someone that is not known by the masses.

This creates the perception of exclusivity that distinguishes and elevates the believer of the conspiracy and/or the militant supporter of the “secret genius” above the masses.

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Nov 20, 2022 44 tweets 12 min read
I spent the last few months pulling back/observing/analyzing (I'll be writing more about these observations later).

Despite my withdrawal, I had numerous private conversations about the election, Trump/DeSantis, and the fallout.

Let's unpack....

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A few weeks ago I had a conversation with someone on the Right who predicted:

“The Democrats have overreached….

....There is going to be a Red Wave….

....It will take the Democrats at least a decade to recover”.

In a separate conversation, I discussed "overreach": 2/
Oct 14, 2022 12 tweets 3 min read
It's important to remember how Trump's pathologies factor into his actions regarding the election lies, and the incitement of violence on January 6th.

A few relevant threads:
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Oct 9, 2022 16 tweets 4 min read
Tucker Carlson is accusing U.S. of blowing up the Nordstream pipeline.

An interesting aspect of many in the "American First" movement?:

They love this country so much they hate it...

They love this country so much they want to tear it all down and destroy it...

1/ Think about that...

...they love this country so much they hate it......

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Oct 7, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
A few threads that directly address Carlson's documentary, masculinity/male backlash to abortion, low testosterone/human growth hormone and midlife crises, and the search for purpose and meaning:
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....masculinity/male backlash to abortion....

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Oct 6, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
A few relevant threads on the hypocrisy, cognitive dissonance, and sexual deviancy of the Right and the Herschel Walker scandals:

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