Divided to Death: A Psychological Account of the American Political Rift

Please join us Monday March 5, 2018, at 7 pm for a seminar presented by Dr. Spee Kosloff, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Fresno State. Dr. Kosloff will examine motivational factors at the heart of the ever-expanding political rift in contemporary American society. At the center of this discussion is a common denominator that creates uncanny degrees of anxiety and division: the fear mortality. Research on terror management theory suggests that unconscious concerns with death motivate individuals to cling to their ideologies – much as children cling to security blankets. At times of major existential insecurity, entire societies can thus be rendered intensely politically polarized. The psychological instability created by 9/11 set in motion a sequence of events beginning with unified national identity, and followed by divisive political chaos that persists today. Dr. Kosloff will review historical and laboratory evidence relevant to these phenomena, and examine whether realistic conscious acknowledgement of death anxiety may ameliorate aversive trends in our socio-political landscape.

Who: Dr. Spee Kosloff

When: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7 pm

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave, Fresno