“Culture and Political Psychology”

One of followers of this blog is a young, smart and beautiful woman. Her name is Thalia Magioglou.

She lives in Paris and we’ve never met. However, i follow her blog, we correspond and we became friends.

Recently she sent me a very interesting book. It’s title: “Culture and Political Psychology: A Societal Perspective.” Thalia is an editor and one of the authors of this book.

I read the book very slowly due to two reasons:

1) it is not easy to read (I am not a psychologist and did not even know that political psychology exists);

2) after each chapter I am doing my best to understand what an author said, how good was her/his research, what are conclusions.

Then I decide my reaction to a particular chapter. I don’t agree with everything but it is normal.

So far I read only 121 pages of 448. I found that the book is very interesting.

It’s a pity that it was not available 40 years ago and that leaders of many countries did not read it. So many terrible mistakes in all areas could be prevented!

I am going to tell more about ideas of this book and to answer to comments to my post HOW BAD ARE AMERICA AND CAPITALISM? in future posts.

I will also let you know summarised results of your choices of my pictures in several latest posts and will comment on them using information from the Thalia’s book.

Finally, I want to tell you that I went on Google to see if there is any review of this book. I was not surprised that somebody considered it one of the best books of 2014.

Please click HERE if you want to know more.


A painting of my friend V.Ryklin.

In the post MY FRIEND ARTIST VLADIMIR RYKLIN I described how we met and became friends and I showed you a link to some his paintings.

Below is a photo of Vladimir’s painting in our dining room.

We discussed with him many times what happens with people who moved from one kind of society to another (from a totalitarian country to a democratic country, from poor country to rich country, from country where religion persecuted to a country where majority of population is religious, from a country with one religion to a country with many religions).

We also discussed how soon and how willingly people who settle in a new country will learn its language, will accept its laws, will love this country.

The painting below is a result of these discussions. The photo of the painting is not very clear so I want to tell you its idea: people from other countries should WILLINGLY go through a meat grinder (hard years of learning language, laws, working, FULLY adjusting to new culture) to become ROSES (people who love their new country).

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Quotes about opinions.

Some technological achievements have undesirable results.

For example, TV networks and other social media often manipulate facts and give their own opinions to the public.

Majority of young people today base their opinions not on facts  or knowledge or life experience but on what politicians and social media (who work for politicians) tell them.

That’s why it becomes almost impossible to discuss ideas and to solve common problems. That’s why our society became so divisive.

Please read the quotes below and comment on them. I’ll be happy to reply to your comments.


Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

Bernard M. Baruch (1870 – 1965)

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902)

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.

Francis Jeffrey (1773 – 1850)

Under influence of rain.

Tonight I saw the movie “Love Crime” and I liked it.

If you did not see the movie you can read about it HERE.

As I mentioned in several posts I always liked and admired smart strong women. If they were also beautiful it was fine but it was not really that important

On the way home heavy rain started and I came home in wet condition (I hope very much that you’ll forgive me this expression).

I took a hot shower, drank a hot tea and thought a bit about the movie.

Then I remembered the article by Hanna Rosin “Men are obsolete” that I already discussed in the post  “A look from a different angle (part 2).

The two women in the movie “Love Crime” are smart, strong and beautiful. They are top executives in a large company. Should we admire them? Is it a good prove that men are obsolete? Is it good for modern society that women who reach top positions behave the way these two women behave in the movie? Is it a victory of feminism?

I read many times in different blogs statement: “I am a feminist”.

Could anyone be so kind to explain to me what this statement means in America and other countries of the West today?

Please let me know.

Lady on the bicycle.