I have plenty of friends who are Republicans.  But as some may have guessed, many of my Republican friends are embarrassed by their presidential nominee. I feel their pain. So what's a smart and logical, yet loyal Republican voter to do? Among my friends who still plan to vote for Donald Trump, it is common for them to say their main reason is to "protect the court." This means that the one thing they want from Trump, and apparently trust him to do successfully, is to nominate quality members to our highest court. Sort of that is. Many of my conservative friends claim ...

Donald Trump’s campaign got creamed on Friday with the release of video evidence of unprecedented lewdness. It has forced his supporters to rethink that support to some extent. These last few days in the world of politics have been challenging in a remarkably strange way. The emotional reasoning, over-generalizing, black-and-white thinking, unreal ideals, etc., are descriptive of differing types of something. That “something” is a called a “thinking error.” “Thinking errors” are irrational patterns of thinking that can cause you to feel bad and sometimes act in self-defeating ways. Reminiscing back to my days as a counselor, thinking errors were things we were ...

There is a strange phenomenon occurring in politics this year, and I was having trouble labeling it.  Labels seem more important than they used to be, since so many of us don't get far enough past the headline or the Twitter feed to understand the reasons for it.  That tendency doesn't apply to my readers. My punchlines are always at the end. Research served me well this week when I came across a 2012 study in the journal of Current Biology by a group of scientists from the University of London titled "Selfish-herd behavior of sheep under threat."  A conclusion in ...