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The Psychology of Brexit

From Psychodrama to Behavioural Science

Authors: Hughes, Brian

  • Provides a compelling, research-informed, account of the psychological aspects of the Brexit experience
  • Explores Brexit’s psychological impact on social attitudes, future thinking, and collective and individual mental health
  • Demonstrates how the events of Brexit have been shaped by psychological factors
  • Reveals how cultural biases (such as sexism) shape the manner in which politicians are portrayed and perceived
  • Appeals to general audiences, as well as policymakers and researchers in the fields of psychology, politics, and public health
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About this book

The Psychology of Brexit examines the psychological causes, catalysts, and consequences of Brexit. Unlike most cultural upheavals, Brexit is not the result of accidental tragedy or spontaneous economic turmoil. Rather, it exists because people decided to make it exist. It is a product of human psychology – shaped in critical ways by people’s perceptions, preferences, choices, self-images, attitudes, ideas, assumptions, group relations, and reasoned (or ill-reasoned) conclusions. 
This book discusses how reasoning biases and illusions of control propel – and pollute – the perspective of both Leavers and Remainers. It shows how social stereotypes and motivated irrationality help otherwise groundless beliefs thrive in everyday culture, leading to group polarisation and echo-chamber reasoning. It reveals the way cultural biases like sexism influence how Brexit politicians are portrayed and perceived. And it explores the psychological impact of Brexit – its effect on social attitudes, future thinking, and collective and individual mental health. 
In this compelling new book, psychologist Brian Hughes examines what scientific psychology reveals about the dynamics of Brexit, what Brexit teaches us about ourselves, and what we can do to deal with its short-term impact and long-term fallout. 

About the authors

Brian M. Hughes is Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland (2004-2005), and of the international Stress and Anxiety Research Society (2014-2016) and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Psychophysiology. He is a prominent advocate for scientific psychology, evidence-based policy, scientific outreach, and the role of psychology in society, and writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. His previous books include: Psychology in Crisis (2018) and Rethinking Psychology (2017).

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  • Due: November 3, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-29363-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychology of Brexit
Book Subtitle
From Psychodrama to Behavioural Science
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-29364-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-29364-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-29363-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 187
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