ABSTRACT

This chapter presents an extension of the conversation about the politics of social psychology. That social psychology is overwhelmingly liberal is established fact. It focuses on the ways in which such homogeneity can harm social psychological science. The chapter addresses how politicized social psychology can restrict the types of theories employed to understand human social behavior and the types of hypotheses that researchers test. It also focuses on how a politicized social psychology can impact decisions in research design. The chapter highlights how nonliberal social psychologists or even liberal social psychologists that reject politically infused theoretical orthodoxies, experience hostility and discrimination against them, personally, and against their research and scholarship. It provides an informative guidepost to those who wish to make greater efforts to improve the quality of their teaching, mentorship, research, and, indeed, the quality of social psychology by limiting the unwarranted effects of their political beliefs and values in their professional work.