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Political psychology is an interdisciplinary academic field dedicated to understanding politics, politicians and political behavior from a psychological perspective. The relationship between politics and psychology is considered bi-directional, with psychology being used as a lens for understanding politics and politics being used as a lens for understanding psychology. As an interdisciplinary field, political psychology borrows from a wide range of other disciplines, including: anthropology, sociology, international relations, economics, philosophy, media, journalism and history.

Political psychology aims to understand interdependent relationships between individuals and contexts that are influenced by beliefs, motivation, perception, cognition, information processing, learning strategies, socialization and attitude formation. Political psychological theory and approaches have been applied in many contexts such as: leadership role; domestic and foreign policy making; behavior in ethnic violence, war and genocide; group dynamics and conflict; racist behavior; voting attitudes and motivation; voting and the role of the media; nationalism; and political extremism.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> In essence political psychologists study the foundations, dynamics, and outcomes of political behavior using cognitive and social explanations.


Political psychology sections
Intro  History and early influences  Personality and politics  Frameworks for assessing personality  The political psychology of groups  Using psychology in the understanding of certain political behaviors   See also   References  External links  

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