Stories by Michael Bader, DMH

Michael Bader is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in San Francisco. He is the author of "More Than Bread and Butter: A Psychologist Speaks to Progressives About What People Really Need in Order to Win and Change the World" (Blurb, 2015).    subscribe to Michael Bader, DMH's feed

Posted on: Jul 1, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The former head of SEIU says it's time to rethink many of the basics about unions and the workplace.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The two candidates have more in common than one might think.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2016, Source: AlterNet

His piece against Sanders in the NY Times misses the boat.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2016, Source: AlterNet

We need to challenge our cynicism and draw millions more to believe in their deepest longings for a better society.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Krugman wants people to be rational and pragmatic like he is. They aren't—and sometimes that is a good thing.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Progressives should make alleviating loneliness an important part of every program they propose.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

What's going on in the Republican mind?

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A psychologist explains what people really need in order to thrive and change the world.

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.

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