Influential Psychologist Claims Irrational Fear is Behind Brexit Vote

by Daily Bell Staff
The Daily Bell

‘Irritation and anger’ may lead to Brexit, says influential psychologist … British voters are succumbing to impulsive gut feelings and irrational reflexes in the Brexit campaign with little regard for the enormous consequences down the road, the world’s most influential psychologist has warned. Daniel Kahneman, the Israeli Nobel laureate and father of behavioural economics, said the referendum debate is being driven by a destructive psychological process, one that could lead to a grave misjudgment and a downward spiral for British society. – UK Telegraph

Daniel Kahneman sees the Brexit debate as one motivated by irrational fear.

He explains that emotion is ruling people’s perspective and that arguments regarding leaving the EU are based on “irritation and anger.” He was interviewed by the Telegraph at the Amundi world investment forum in Paris.

Professor Kahneman, a Jewish child who survived the Nazi occupation of France, said the British people are being swept along by emotion. He added that they would “lash out later at scapegoats if EU withdrawal proves to be a disastrous strategic error.”

Continue Reading at…