David King

I am a psychologist and lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, with a PhD in Health Psychology (UBC, 2013). I have been a writer since I was young, and have authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed academic journals in addition to two textbooks. What inspired this blog? To put it simply, I am concerned - about the state of the world, and the future of humanity. This is my attempt to contribute to the personal and public discourse on our human nature and current state. I hope I can apply my training and education in psychology to help elucidate some of our greatest challenges. I am also a big animal lover, and so my concerns extend beyond the well-being of our own species to those with whom we share this planet.

This new year, be humble.

If there’s one new year’s resolution we all need to make, it’s to be more humble. We need to listen more, and speak less. See the strength in modesty. And renounce our egos—or try to. Because the world depends on it. Most of our problems today are driven by what lies opposite to humility: egotism, …

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Contemplations on Social Media

What’s in a like? Not much, really—another toggle from 0 and 1; an electronic stamp of approval, existing nowhere real and barely contemplated. It is reactionary. Visible, yes, but hardly tangible. Constructed. Created. Imaginary. But it feels good. And sometimes it even matters. This week, in my Psych Café series at UBC (in which my …

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Disabling Trumpism: Target the Followers, Not their Leader

Narcissism, egotism, aggression, dishonesty, far-right extremism, xenophobia, and white nationalism—all elements of the growing sociocultural phenomenon known as Trumpism—are on the rise around the world, affecting citizens and politicians alike, and compromising our efforts to promote and uphold the common good. This is how to stop it… What follows is a slightly revised, late-night train …

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The World Will End in Apathy & Entitlement (Or, Our Killer is Narcissism)

Rising sea levels, ocean acidification, deforestation, ecological collapse—should our time on Earth end early, these are just a few of the ways in which catastrophe will unfold, given current trends. But these things are not our real killers… From a psychological perspective, it would be wise to consider the human qualities underlying the environmental changes …

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