Political Psychologists suggest the following practices to protect against political insider corruption:
1. Trust your eyes and compare notes with others.
2. Wise up to weasel words, aka rationalization.
3. Review and report—audit local government meetings.
4.Who do you serve? Is power for self-enrichment or a way to serve others?
5. “Not for sale.” Know the character traits of people who are incorruptible.
6. Beat the bully. Dupuy and Neset find that several studies support Tepper’s (2010) recommendation that the abuse of power is curtailed when people are provided with skills to confront and report corrupt officials.
San Luis Obispo County has paid a high price for inviting felons to open cannabis dispensaries. It’s killing their children. SLO County now has an accidental fentanyl death rate of 68 people a year per 100,000 population. To put it in perspective, San Francisco’s rate is 44 deaths per 100,000 population. At that rate, the County will lose 200 people this year to fentanyl overdoses. What can you do? Psychologists say that when we inform people about the real consequences of corruption, it reduces corruption. It’s easy – tell everyone you know not to buy black-market cannabis and regularly follow, like, comment, and share posts about the consequences of corruption.
It is an honor to have a new book featured in any publication. When it’s the journal for the Los Angeles area legal community, it’s a double honor! Here’s what the Southern California Record wrote about CITY COUNCIL 101 – Insider’s Guide...
I have loved reading Psychology Today ever since my first psychology class as a high school junior. So I consider it a huge honor to have been invited to blog on their site. They have asked me to cover “Where Women Govern” as it relates to corruption and happiness. Here’s blog number two!