Stories by Michael Bader

Michael Bader is a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst currently practicing in San Francisco. He is also a founder and associate director of the Institute4Change. He has published two books and over 60 articles on websites such as and   subscribe to Michael Bader's feed

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.

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.