Political polarization is affecting Americans' health, according to a new study. Researchers find higher levels of premature death in Republican-leaning counties compared to those in Democratic-leaning ones. The higher mortality in GOP counties is across the board – everything from heart disease to suicide.
In an increasingly globalized world, where human suffering is more visible than ever, compassion offers us a compass: a way of being that points us toward promoting cooperation, fostering trust, ameliorating conflict, enabling human flourishing and healing the environment.
Unplugging seems to be the obvious answer, but many of us cannot disconnect entirely.
Voting day won’t bring an end to the strain of this political season, but you don’t have to let things get contentious.
The exact physiological mechanism is unknown, but previous studies have found similar increases in cardiovascular disease risk after traumatic public events, including earthquakes, industrial accidents and terrorist incidents like the World Trade Center attack of 2001 and the Charlie Hebdo shootings in 2015.
Philosophers at times discuss the difference between a priori and a posteriori propositions, suggesting that a priori propositions are self evident--without need of experience to be considered truth (2 + 2 = 4). In contrast, a posteriori propositions (all the yards in my neighborhood are mowed regularly) require experience to be proven. It is useful to think of a priori considerations as “analytic” processes, and a posteriori as “synthetic” ones.
Sometimes being a responsible citizen can be exhausting.
Stress levels are high and some people actually feel ill.
In contrast to abortion, marijuana use, and gun ownership, doctors’ political affiliation did not affect their treatment of other issues such as depression, alcohol abuse, or riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
If you fret that experts might lose credibility with conservatives, remember that the medical system lost it long ago with black Americans.
Sales surged as people turned to gummy bears, cookies and chocolates infused with cannabis to soothe their jitters.
With the right tools, though, we can protect ourselves from the damaging effects of ESD. It just takes intention and commitment. Ahead, we lay out ten strategies that are designed to help ease your tension.
Obsessing over politics could hurt your happiness and your relationships.
Citizens in a new study blame U.S. politics for stress, depression, lost sleep and other physical and mental problems.
The U.S. is the only established democracy where the level of social trust is falling instead of rising. Our political leaders can help turn the tide.
The results suggest that a large number of Americans believe their physical health has been harmed by their exposure to politics and even more report that politics has resulted in emotional costs and lost friendships.
Better understanding the mechanisms through which partisanship/ideology affects health behaviors and outcomes enables public health practitioners to develop policies and targeted public health messages to appeal to particular political persuasions and ideological objections.
We learned that the majority of youth were experiencing, and continue to experience, physical or emotional distress in the current political climate.
Not all opinions are created equal. So why do news media so often go out of their way to place those hocking scientifically unsupported fringe beliefs on the same footing as those espousing the near unanimity of the scientific community?
While the U.S. is a democracy in some respects, when it comes to policy, a recent study shows that politicos do the bidding of the rich and pretty much ignore the rest of us. He who pays the piper calls the tune, right? But why are we playing along?
It's generally believed that staying politically informed and active is good for both individuals and society. But a survey conducted in both 2017 and 2020 that measured the mental, physical and social impact of politics on American adults suggests otherwise.
The amount of scientific literature on social inequalities in health has increased exponentially in recent years. However, the effect of politics and policies on health and on social inequalities in health has rarely been studied.
The U.S. public health response system (however strong or weak) has gradually been steered into its current position by elected officials, yet our health system is not set up to succeed in preventing threats to a population’s health.
When your political views are challenged, the brain becomes active in regions associated with personal identity, threat response and emotions, according to the study.
Through a new kind of politics and with a new set of values at the heart of decision-making we can create a nation that cares for one another, improves everyone’s lives, and protects our natural world.
American politics can seem baffling. Psychology is here to help.
A cross-party organisation working to put compassion, inclusion, and cooperation at the heart of politics.