David King, MSc, PhD
Writer, Teacher, and Health Psychologist


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"We need not to be let alone. We need to be
really bothered once in a while. How long
is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something
real?" (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451)
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How We Got Here (or, Who We Are)

by David King on January 23, 2017

Trump

Donald Trump now formally occupies what is arguably one of the most powerful seats in the world. On the surface, this may seem like it has very little to do with me or my politics as a Canadian. But when I take a step back, I see the bigger picture. This world is reaching a precipice of sorts, a breaking point, where literally everything is on the line and no one is left unaffected.

I have always been hesitant to oversimplify any social phenomenon, because I believe that important information is inevitably lost in the process. But all complexities aside (for a moment), here are a few considerations to be had:

1. People can essentially be divided into three groups: the haves, the have-nots, and the have-a-lots. Conventional thinking typically reduces all of us to one of … Keep Reading Here

The Rebellion

by David King on January 11, 2017

Rebellion

The future is not as I imagined it would be when I was a child. In the seventh grade I submitted a science report entitled Will the Earth Ever End? I’ll admit, I’ve been pretty fascinated with apocalyptic scenarios since I was quite young. My report included everything from environmental collapse to a large-scale alien invasion. I noted that regardless of what happens in the meantime, our sun will one day die out, leaving Earth inhospitable to life. But that’s a very long time from now. In hindsight, I now understand that much of my interest in the end of the world stemmed from my prophetic tendencies. I mean prophetic in a strictly imaginative sense, of course. I have always loved to imagine the future, often wishing I could extend my life just to see what happens.

But frankly, I … Keep Reading Here

Donald Trump

For brevity’s sake, I’m going to cut right to it—and leave the frills and prose for another post. After spending a good part of this teaching term discussing and analyzing Donald J. Trump with my students, I thought I might offer some additional insight on the madness that has befallen the United States of America and the Western world at large. 

I believe there are three primary perspectives worth considering in psychological terms. The first is the man himself, Donald J. Trump. He served as our second case study in my personality course, and so some credit is owed to my students whose thoughts and views have contributed to these conclusions. The second perspective is that of the Trump supporter, whose psychology may indeed bear the greatest burden of responsibility in this election. The final perspective is that of the … Keep Reading Here