Existential concerns and White Christian nationalism.

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

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…Why?

The political landscape: Matters of life and death.

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?

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.

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:

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

Bend the arc of existential motivation toward compassion.

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
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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