Politics on the Couch

Politics on the Couch

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The psychology behind political thought and behaviour


We can log out but can we ever leave? Helen Lewis talks about the trouble with Twitter
Jun 17 • 31 min
This week Rafael Behr and Helen Lewis discuss social media’s corrosive effect on politics and public discourse, and how we can all respond. Helen Lewis is a staff writer at the Atlantic, was deputy editor at the New Statesman, presents BBC Radio 4’s…
Trust in the Time of Coronavirus
Jun 8 • 49 min
This week, Rafael Behr talks to Bobby Duffy from The Policy Institute at King’s College London about trust in the government during the Coronavirus pandemic and how our identities and cognitive biases affect who we trust in politics. Topics discussed in…
Has Cummings cut through - in all the wrong ways?
May 27 • 23 min
In this bonus edition Rafael Behr takes a break from his lock-down holiday to ask - what is ‘political cut-through’ and why Dominic Cummings appears to have cut so deep into the national conversation? In the midst of a pandemic, has a political mover…
How does it feel ? In conversation with Parliament’s only politician and psychotherapist
May 7 • 47 min
This week Rafael Behr talks to The Lord John Alderdice about his incredible life as a politician, psychiatrist and psychotherapist. They discuss how his formative years living in Northern Ireland influenced his decision to train as a psychiatrist and then…
Introducing: Politics on the Couch
Apr 11 • 41 min
This week our host Rafael Behr is in conversation with Dr Leor Zmigrod about how cognitive science can help us understand how political identities are formed, and how people’s ideological affiliations might affect how they respond to a national crisis. If…