Psychological Strategies for Journalists


Alexandra Kitty – Cineflix, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Series: Media and Communications – Technologies, Policies and Challenges
BISAC: LAN008000; LAN004000; POL049000
DOI: 10.52305/SWNX2892

Legacy journalists have lacked psychological and empirical training, which resulted in their erosion and collapse in the eyes of the public; however, this book is the remedy for independent and emerging journalists who seek psychological training to offset hoaxes, propaganda, lies, and manipulations. What are the best practices for investigative journalists to deal with abusive sources? How does a journalist inform the public in superior ways which continue to elude traditional reporters? How does a journalist use analytical, emotional, and primal literacy along with biology to become a genuine news producer? This ground-breaking book weaves experimental and evolutionary psychology to give a new generation of independent journalists the tools they need to combat lies, manipulation, fear, and compliance while simultaneously focusing on the reporter’s own emotional and psychological well-being.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Readying for Battle

Chapter 2. Setting the Strategy

Chapter 3. Going into the Heart of the Storm

Chapter 4. Indoctrination and Manipulation

Chapter 5. Conspiracy Panic and Paranoia

Chapter 6. Rote Collusion and Hamster Wheels

Chapter 7. Threats and Pecking Orders

Chapter 8. Gaslighting and Nudging

Chapter 9. Emotional Bombing and Sensory Overloading

Chapter 10. Burnout and Crashes

Chapter 11. False Rushes and Squeezes

Chapter 12. The 36 Counter-Strategies of Manipulation

Chapter 13. Emotional Wellness

Chapter 14. Analytical Wellness

Chapter 15. Primal Wellness



Author’s ORCID iD

Alexandra Kitty0000-0002-0592-8620

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