Stories by Michael Bader

Michael Bader is a clinical psychologist and special advisor with the Institute4change. He has over 30 years of clinical experience and has written extensively on issues at the intersection of psychology and politics. subscribe to Michael Bader's feed

Posted on: Aug 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Identification with the aggressor lets them feel "one-up and special."

Posted on: Mar 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Bureaucratic headaches only add to helplessness, one of the most destructive emotions.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Even professionals forget that there are exceptions to the rules.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Understanding what makes people tick can help us develop leaders, organizations and social movements.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

How progressives can learn from The Boss.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Burnout isn't just a cliche: It undermines our energy, passion and imagination, and it affects every aspect of our lives.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

People only become active in social change movements because these movements speak to deep longings that go far beyond those for economic justice.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Anthony Weiner stepped down from Congress today over his "sexting" scandal. But why do powerful men get caught up in risky behavior in the first place?

Posted on: Mar 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

If we don't understand how decent, god-fearing, victimized people can come to espouse such dangerous ideologies, we won't be able to fight them effectively.

Posted on: Jan 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Sexual compulsions are real and they harm the person in their grip as well as others. But treating them like a problem -- something to be 'fixed' -- isn't working.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The hundreds of media theories that have grown up around the Woods scandal have nothing to do with him and everything to do with us.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Calling people brainwashed, racist or stupid feels good but doesn't really explain the heart of their irrational fear and hatred of government.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The suffering fostered by our system isn't limited to those who can't afford access to it. And their voices should be part of the debate, too.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Barren suburban yards, drunk dads, dowdy moms, strained frivolity, deep depression -- let's hope the '50s don't make a comeback.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We feel responsible for things we didn't do and helpless in the face of things we couldn't do.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A response to Robert Jensen's recent AlterNet article, "Porn's Dirty, Dangerous Secret."

Posted on: Aug 11, 2008, Source: AlterNet

If the public wants to get to the bottom of Edwards' affair we have to drop the moral platitudes and look at what led him to it.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A psychotherapist explains what might go on in the deeper recesses of the minds of men like Eliot Spitzer.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Obama has reintroduced hope, possibility, meaning, and community back into public life. No wonder he inspires hero worship.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In response to Robert Jensen's controversial book, <i>Getting Off</i>, two clinical psychologists debate the intersection of violence and sexual fantasy.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Even the Supreme Court recognizes that sexual fantasies -- even about children -- are not necessarily rehearsals for harmful actions.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Why does sexual abuse elicit more rage than any other kind of child abuse, even though emotional neglect or social hardships can damage a child more than inappropriate sex?

Posted on: Nov 8, 2001, Source: AlterNet

While widely reported, the phenomenon of "terror sex" is poorly understood and often ridiculed. Psychologist Michael Bader uses fascinating examples from his practice to show that sex is a normal, even healthy, reaction to trauma.