I’ve been a practicing clinical, research, and political psychologist for over thirty years. My work focuses on applying psychological knowledge to issues of social justice and social change. My new book — POLITICAL MIND GAMES: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What’s Happening, What’s Right, and What’s Possible — is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, other online outlets, and neighborhood bookstores.
I am the former executive director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, and a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. I’m also a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, which advocates against complicity in torture and in favor of restoring psychology’s commitment to do-no-harm ethics.
Over my career, I’ve written dozens of scholarly articles published in a variety of leading academic journals. In more recent years, my efforts have turned toward writing for a broader audience. In addition to my popular Psychology Today blog, my writing has appeared in outlets such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Alternet, and Truthout. In recognition of contributions to the field, I was honored to receive the Anthony J. Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice.
I received my undergraduate degree from Princeton University and my doctorate in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
My New Book: POLITICAL MIND GAMES
My current work focuses on the political “mind games” used by those with extraordinary wealth and power to grow their empire — while stifling the public’s outrage and solidarity over today’s extreme inequality.
Selected Media Appearances
Links to some of my articles for a range of media outlets, and audio files of some interviews I’ve done for radio and TV.
Selected Papers in Academic Journals
PDF versions of several of the articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and other outlets.
Brief YouTube videos I’ve created that examine issues of war, psychological ethics, and right-wing propaganda.
A Political Cartoon
I’m not a cartoonist (but some say a picture is worth a thousand words). To date, this is my one and only attempt.
“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely …
I recently had the pleasure of appearing on the Bottom Up Radio Show hosted by Rob Kall of OpEdNews. Rob and I spent an hour in a wide-ranging discussion about my new book, POLITICAL MIND GAMES: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What’s Happening, What’s Right, and What’s Possible. I’ve posted the YouTube video …
Giant corporations are raking in record profits, while millions of Americans remain scarred by the Great Recession and a recovery that has left them behind. Mammoth defense contractors push for more of everything military, while programs for the poor are on life support. Global polluters are blocking effective responses to climate change, while the disenfranchised …
I can be reached by email at roy [at] royeidelson.com or by phone at 610-513-8685. My mailing address is: 1 Union Avenue, PO Box 2877, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
My new book — POLITICAL MIND GAMES: How the 1% Manipulate Our Understanding of What’s Happening, What’s Right, and What’s Possible — describes and debunks the manipulative appeals that today’s plutocrats use to protect their extraordinary wealth and power at the expense of everyone else. It’s available through IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, other online outlets, and neighborhood bookstores.