Psych Prof Puts Bush on the Couch

Snarky summary has implications prez should take seriously
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2007 2:46 PM CST
President George W. Bush shakes hands with a student. Bush could stand a lesson or two in Psych 101, writes a snarky psych professor in the LA Times.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – President Bush recently scorned a reporter’s “Psychology 101,” but one mind-minded professor says he could benefit from a few lessons. Bush should start by trying “pattern matching,” Jonathan Haidt writes in the LA Times, with no little humor: If he’d stop equating Islam with fascism and instead think of terrorists as plain old criminals, it might improve his foreign policy scorecard.

Haidt, who teaches at the University of Virginia, lays out five more steps for Bush to follow in the final year of his term. His express version of Intro to Psych ends with a reminder that "Republicans report better mental health than Democrats, and that's one poll result you can be proud of."