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Civil Unrest

Civil Unrest, protesting, rioting, these terms are many times used interchangeably. This page provides resources to assist in the understanding of these behaviors from a psychological perspective.

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by Merriam-Webster

Unrest: a disturbed or uneasy state, turmoil; a situation in which many people in a country are angry and hold protests or act violently

Protest: a solemn declaration of opinion usually of dissent; the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval; a complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usually to an idea or a course of action, 

Riot: a violent public disorder; a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent

Civil Disobedience: refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government 

Articles of Interest


What do We Know About Conspiracy Theories? - Am Psychological Assoc

How to Recognize and Combat 'Fake News" - Am Psychological Assoc

Healing the Political Divide - Am Psychological Assoc

Thrill-Seeking, Search for Meaning Fuel Political Violence - Am Psychological Assoc

How Politics Became so Uncivilized - Am Psychological Assoc

Why America's Bitter Politics are Like a Bad Marriage - Am Psychological Assoc

Politics is Personal - Am Psychological Assoc

How to talk to children about difficult news - Am Psychological Assoc

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

Parent Guide for helping Youth After Mass Violence

Coping in Hard Times

Fact Sheet for Youth High School & College Age

Fact Sheet for Parents

Fact Sheet for School Staff, Teachers, Counselors, Administrators, Support Staff

Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders

Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing - NCTSN Handout
Authored by Diana Tikasz, Hamilton Healthy Sciences, 2020

Supporting Children After the U.S. Capitol Attack - NCTSN Handout

Coping after Mass Violence - NCTSN Handout

Coping During Civil Unrest - compilation by Sam Bernard,

Discussing Political Violence and Extremism with Young People

Civil Unrest Resources

The Psychology of Rioting: The Language of the Unheard


A Riot is the Language of the Unheard - The Other America (Speech by Martin Luther King Jr


The Psychology of Riots - and why it's never just mindless violence


The Riots - a comment special - The (UK) Psychologist

Strengthening Your Resilience: Taking Care of Yourself as You Care for Others

More to Come!

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