Existential concerns and White Christian nationalism.

The existential motivation for Islamophobia — and what to do about it.

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Source: Kraevsky Vitaly/Shutterstock

…Why?

The political landscape: Matters of life and death.

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Black Lives Matter protests respond to the continued existential threats facing Blacks in the US and abroad. Source: Matteo Roma/Shutterstock

Culture clash.

How does this impact the average Americans’ attitudes toward Muslims?

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Protester holds a “No more Muslims” sign at 2017 march against Muslims in Lower Manhattan NYC. Source: Christopher Penler/Shutterstock

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Protesters rally against President Trump’s Muslim ban on Feb 4, 2017 in Washington DC. Source: Rena Schild/Shutterstock

Change the cultural lens.

A real-world test of ideas:

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Rep. Keith Ellison. Source: US House Office of Photography (public domain).
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The effects of existential concern and tolerance value prime on endorsement of anti-Islamic attitudes.

Bend the arc of existential motivation toward compassion.

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Protesters hold signs saying “Fear is not an American value, compassion is” and “No Muslim ban!” on Jan 28, 2017 in Dallas, TX. Source: G. Morty Ortega/Shutterstock
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Protester in Boston MA holds sign advocating prosocial values involving education and compassion. Source: Monty A/Shutterstock

Psychological scientist at Cleveland State University & President of the International Society for the Science of Existential Psychology.

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