Fear won

Primal fear can blinker our decisions, even in elections

Few researchers in the history of psychology are as controversial as Harry Harlow. His most famous experiment was to socially isolate infant rhesus monkeys and give them a choice between two surrogate mothers: one made of bare wire that dispensed milk and one made of soft cloth that dispensed nothing. Offered these options, the monkeys most often put emotional comfort ahead of material needs, clinging near constantly to their cloth mothers. Did voters in the US cling to Donald Trump in a similar way? In nature, emotions typically align with self-interest: most mother monkeys provide both comfort and milk. ….[READ]