Resources: Follow-up to PsychoPolitics Talk, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 3/3/17


(This list of resources was developed for the primarily psychoanalyst audience of a talk I gave at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanaysis, March 2017.  The talk presented several psychoanalytic ideas that seem useful for understanding the 2016 election and the “Trump phenomenon” which I will describe in a series of upcoming blog posts.  This resource document was intended for the listeners who wanted to be politically active in the ensuing months. It is necessarily incomplete and intended primarily for those who are discontented with the Trump presidency)


“The Rise of American Authoritarianism” Vox, Amanda Taub, March 1, 2016.

“What So Many People Don’t Get About the US Working Class”, Joan C. Williams, Harvard Business Review November 10,2016

“Why the White Working Class Voted for Trump” Conversation between Joan C. Williams and Curt Nickisch Harvard Business Review November 18, 2016

It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis, Signet Classics.  Originally published 1935.

“Large Group Identity, Large Group Regression and Massive Violence, Vamik Volkan, 2005

Cass R. Sunstein:  “It can be easy and tempting, especially during a presidential campaign, to listen only to opinions that mirror and fortify one’s own. That’s not ideal, because it eliminates learning and makes it impossible for people to understand what they dismiss as “the other side.” …you might want to consider the following books, to help you to understand why so many of your fellow citizens disagree with you”

“Five Books to Change Liberal Minds”, Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg View, October 11, 2016

“Five Books to Change Conservatives Minds”, Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg View, November 30, 2017.


Educate yourself about the Goldwater Rule:

“The Ethics of the APA’s Goldwater Rule”, Jerome Kroll MD &  Claire Pouncey, MD Ph.D. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 44:2:226-235 June 2016

“Background Material:  On the Ethics of Commentary on Public Figures by Mental Health Professionals”, Gourguechon, P.


Develop your identity as a public intellectual:

Toolkit:  How and Why to Blog, Gourguechon, P., 2015

Toolkit:  Twitter Basics—Using Social Media to Develop a Public Voice, Gourguechon P., 2015

See list of Twitter feeds to follow below

Take the time to learn how to enter members’ section on APsaA, IPA and other organization websites!! (Get value from your dues)

APsaA Resources: Members Section

IPA Resource Library>members>homepage>Resource Library


Organizations/Newsletters/Resources for Ongoing Action



“Former Congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen”

5 Calls

“5calls makes calling easy for people who hate making calls”–provides phone numbers and scripts so calling is quick and easy. Uses your location to find your local representatives so your calls have more impact

Daily Action

Resisting extremism in America, one phone call at a time.”


Re:act is a list of a few concrete things you can do to take action during the Trump presidency. Delivered via e-mail once a week.”

Town Hall Project “Show up, speak out”


“How You can help refugees in the United States”, Ron Lieber, NY Times, Feb 17, 2017.  Online version has links to organizations.


10 Step Action Plan on Climate Change, Kirsten Howard, Jan 2017


A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support”, Jezebel, Joanna Rothkropf, November 9, 2016


Twitter Feeds to Follow
































@shannoncoulter #grabyourwallet

For a downloadable PDF version of the Resource document click here








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