“In halls of learning where we least expect to find it, in governments, in religious temples, in businesses, in marriages and families, dogmatism is the arrogant voice of certainty that closes the mind, damages relationships, and threatens peaceful coexistence on this planet.

“Judy Johnson presents a compelling argument for viewing dogmatism as a serious problem. In this nonfiction book, she provides lively, illustrative case studies for the characteristics of this personality trait and draws from traditional and contemporary personality theories, biopsychology, social learning theory, Buddhism, and evolutionary psychology to outline the major influences that shape its trajectory.

“By focusing on how people believe, not what they believe, we can minimize dogmatism’s harmful effects in our personal lives as well as our educational, political, religious, and other social institutions.”

Steven Goldberg,
Professor Emeritus,
City University of New York

“Understanding the ‘other’ will pose the 21st century’s greatest social challenge.”

Charles Taylor,
Professor Emeritus,
McGill University, Montreal, PQ

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Journal, Newspapers, and Internet Articles

Johnson, J. J. (2020) “Johnson, J. J. (2020). “The Perils of Dogmatic Certainty in Uncertain Times,” The Star, Dec. 26, Op-Ed, from

Johnson, J. J. (2010). “Beyond a shadow of doubt: The psychological nature of dogmatism.” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 149-161. The journal’s editors selected this article for the International Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

Johnson, J. J.(2010). “Much to gain from tempering dogmatism’s bark: There’s a lot wrong with being absolutely right, especially in politics.” The Edmonton Journal, Sept. 22, Op-Ed, from (Title is the editor’s).

Johnson, J. J. (2010). “Beyond a shadow of doubt: If we are to weed out the imposters of reason and confront dogmatism in public discourse, we need to understand it.” The Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 27, from Citizen Special, from

Johnson, J. J. (2010). “Beyond a shadow of doubt: Political certainty in uncertain times. Posted on Truthout.

Johnson, J. J. (2010) “Beyond a shadow of doubt: Political certainty in uncertain times. The Monitor. Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. Dec.-Jan., pp. 38-39.

Johnson, J. J. (2011). “Jackboot religion and jackboot politics: Canadian researcher Dr. Judy J. Johnson takes us into the curious world of dogmatism and authoritarianism.” The Catholica, Mar. 02, from

Johnson, J. J. (2011). “Dogmatism: Political certainty in uncertain times.” Troy Media, April 7, from

Johnson, J. J. (2011) “Dogmatism: Political certainty in uncertain times.” Consortium News, from