Noam Shpancer

Noam Shpancer

Noam Shpancer is a professor of psychology at Otterbein University in Westerville Ohio and a clinical psychologist with the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Columbus, Ohio. Read more of

Stereotypes Are Often Harmful, and Accurate

Stereotypes Are Often Harmful, and Accurate

Stereotypes have a bad reputation, and for good reasons. Decades of research have shown that stereotypes can facilitate intergroup hostility and give rise to toxic prejudices around sex, race, age and multiple other social distinctions. Stereotypes are often used to justify injustice, validate oppression, enable exploitation, rationalize violence, and shield

Noam Shpancer
Noam Shpancer
psychology
The Spanking Debate is Over

The Spanking Debate is Over

Many years ago, during one of the first college classes I ever taught, I asked my students to raise their hands if they were spanked as children. I was quite new to America at the time, and knew little about the lives of American families. On the Israeli kibbutz where

Noam Shpancer
Noam Shpancer
Art and Culture
Money Laundering for the Soul: The Unbearable Ease of Moral Self-Exoneration

Money Laundering for the Soul: The Unbearable Ease of Moral Self-Exoneration

Perhaps it was the recent steady trickle of headlines reporting banned refugees, gunned down immigrants, and desecrated graveyards that got me thinking about the human ability to do onto others what we would not at all want others to do onto us; the facility with which we come to hurt

Noam Shpancer
Noam Shpancer
Art and Culture
The Truth About Propaganda

The Truth About Propaganda

“If you can’t find the sucker at the poker table,” goes the saying, “you’re it.” Extrapolating that axiom to the present political moment, we may say: “If you don’t hear much about propaganda, that’s what you’re hearing.” The term propaganda has its origins in the

Noam Shpancer
Noam Shpancer
Art and Culture
Forget de Botton's Advice — Why Lower Expectations Won't Help Your Marriage

Forget de Botton's Advice — Why Lower Expectations Won't Help Your Marriage

The philosopher Alain de Botton recently published a provocative article in the NYT titled, Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person, in which he argues that current marriages are ailing under the burden of unrealistic expectations. According to de Botton the historical “marriage of reason,” motivated by pragmatic concerns such

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Noam Shpancer
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