From Trump to ISIS, How Emotion Increasingly Drives Political Behavior

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Everett, Tuesday, Wash., Aug. 30, 2016 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally, Everett, Tuesday, Wash., Aug. 30, 2016 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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Is the world going crazy? Or alternatively, are insane people at the helm, driving major global events? Whether discussing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or so-called lone-wolf terrorists, the question of mental sanity has increasingly crept into public discourse on global affairs. Besides the obvious impossibility of diagnosing a stranger’s psychiatric health from a distance, this trend of leveling charges of mental illness against political or ideological adversaries has another disadvantage: It labels them and anything they say as not worth listening to, essentially cutting off any possible line of communication. And in the case of Trump and his supporters, […]

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