Mind of State: The Book

This compilation of conversations helps fit together the broken pieces of our American psycho-political jigsaw puzzle.

Drawn from the Mind of State podcast created by some of the co-authors and contributors to the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, this collection is as relevant now as it was when Apple Podcasts featured it as “New and Noteworthy” in 2019.

The book’s chapters are divided into five sections that reveal persistent themes underlying our increasing distress due to the interconnectedness of psychology and politics in the United States:

  • Acknowledging Death, Trauma & Loss
  • Why Truth Matters
  • Anxieties of Race & Dominance
  • Democracy at Risk
  • The Importance of Myth in Politics
Download a free sample (PDF) here.

Contents

Introduction

Betty Teng, Jonathan Kopp, Thomas Singer

Part 1. FRAMEWORK

Chapter 1: Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America 

Thomas Singer

Part 2. ACKNOWLEDGING DEATH, TRAUMA, LOSS

Chapter 2: We are all going to Die—Someday 

Sheldon Solomon

Chapter 3: Ambiguous Loss & the 2020 Pandemic 

Pauline Boss

Chapter 4: Our Collective Trauma 

Judith Herman

Chapter 5: Acknowledging Harm & Repairing the World 

Jessica Benjamin

Chapter 6: Living Unarmed 

Megan Doney

Chapter 7: The Trauma of Syria 

Anne Barnard

Part 3. WHY TRUTH MATTERS

Chapter 8: The Case for Radical Openness 

Anton Hart

Chapter 9: The End of Truth? 

Scotty McLennan

Chapter 10: Conspiracy without Theory 

Nancy Rosenblum

Chapter 11: Nervous States & the Instability of Truth 

William Davies

Chapter 12: Trump on the Couch 

Justin Frank

Chapter 13: Delusions & Lies: The Mind of Trump 

Michael Tansey

Part 4. ANXIETIES OF RACE & DOMINANCE

Chapter 14: Justice, Rage & Peace 

Eric Ward

Chapter 15: Anger & Racial Politics

Antoine Banks

Chapter 16: Why Everyone Hates the Jews 

Susan Fiske & Peter Glick

Chapter 17: The Perilous Path to Asylum

Hawthorne “Hawk” Smith 

Chapter 18: Partisan Politics, Toxic Identities, Dangerous Divides 

Lilliana Mason

Chapter 19: White Identity Politics 

Ashley Jardina

Chapter 20: A “Syndemic”—Climate, Race & COVID-19 

Adrienne Hollis

Part 5. DEMOCRACY AT RISK

Chapter 21: Sounding the Alarm: Cultism and the Loss of Reality 

Robert Jay Lifton

Chapter 22: Politics of Care 

Deva Woodly

Chapter 23: Restoring Faith in Democracy 

Eric Liu

Chapter 24: Can Voting & Democracy Survive the Internet? 

Nate Persily

Chapter 25: Analyzing the 2020 Election

Michael A. Cohen

Chapter 26: Politics & the Teenage Mind 

Lisa Damour

Part 6. THE IMPORTANCE OF MYTH IN POLITICS

Chapter 27: America’s Economic Myth

Betty Sue Flowers

Chapter 28: When Myth Becomes History

Jules Cashford

Chapter 29: The Symbolic Power of Trump’s Wall

Thomas Singer

Recommended Reading

 

  • Antoine Banks
  • Anne Barnard
  • Jessica Benjamin
  • Pauline Boss
  • Jules Cashford
  • Michael A. Cohen
  • Lisa Damour
  • William Davies
  • Megan Doney
  • Susan Fiske
  • Betty Sue Flowers
  • Justin Frank
  • Peter Glick
  • Anton Hart
  • Judith Herman
  • Adrienne Hollis
  • Ashley Jardina
  • Robert Jay Lifton
  • Eric Liu
  • Lilliana Mason
  • William “Scotty” McLennan
  • Nate Persily
  • Nancy Rosenblum
  • Thomas Singer
  • Hawthorne “Hawk” Smith
  • Sheldon Solomon
  • Michael Tansey
  • Eric Ward
  • Deva Woodly