Inherent bad faith model

John Foster Dulles Political psychology JSTOR (identifier)

The inherent bad faith model of information processing is a theory in political psychology that was first put forth by Ole Holsti to explain the relationship between John Foster Dulles' beliefs and his model of information processing.[1]

It is the most widely studied model of one's opponent.[2] A state is presumed to be implacably hostile, and contra-indicators of this are ignored. They are dismissed as propaganda ploys or signs of weakness. An example is John Foster Dulles' position regarding the Soviet Union.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Stuart, Douglas; Starr, Harvey (1981). "The "Inherent Bad Faith Model" Reconsidered: Dulles, Kennedy, and Kissinger". Political Psychology. 3 (3/4): 1–33. doi:10.2307/3791139. JSTOR 3791139.
  2. ^ a b Gilbert, Daniel (1998). The Handbook of Social Psychology. ISBN 9780195213768. ...the most widely studied is the inherent bad faith model of one’s opponent...