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Psychologist explains why Bernie backers are so furious

Merely falling short of a goal isn’t enough to throw most of us into a rage. It’s how a goal eludes us that makes the difference: you need to get tantalizingly close to it, only to be stopped by forces seemingly beyond your control. Just ask the Sanders supporters at the Nevada Democratic Convention a … Continue reading “Psychologist explains why Bernie backers are so furious”

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Merely falling short of a goal isn’t enough to throw most of us into a rage. It’s how a goal eludes us that makes the difference: you need to get tantalizingly close to it, only to be stopped by forces seemingly beyond your control.

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Just ask the Sanders supporters at the Nevada Democratic Convention a couple of weeks ago (and the ones in your Facebook newsfeed right now)—or this psychologist, who explains how the Democratic primaries have perfectly activated the psychological formula for anger.

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Rich Bellis was previously the Associate Editor of Fast Company's Leadership section.

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