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Connection: An Antidote to Polarization

Connection: An Antidote to Polarization

Last week, I wrote about the defining characteristics of polarization.  In short, this might include a pattern of thought that lends itself toward either/or thinking.  Examples might involve taking the stance that I am right and you are wrong; there is no...
Polarization: A Psychological Perspective

Polarization: A Psychological Perspective

We’ve been hearing this term in the news lately, primarily related to politics.  As we watch the nightly news, we’re inundated with partisan politics that serve to drive us further and further apart until we are unable to hear and understand what the “other” is...
International Mind-Body Wellness Day

International Mind-Body Wellness Day

Did you know that January 3 is International Mind-Body Wellness Day?  Me neither, but this is right up my alley!  There is strong evidence that mind and body are connected.  I know that positive attention to both mind and body will yield good results.  Unfortunately,...
Empathy: A Primer for our Nation

Empathy: A Primer for our Nation

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.  Sounds simple, right? In fact, 98% of the population can empathize with others so yes, this is a fairly easy was of connecting with others.  But what does this mean, really?  To really...
How Do I Know if I “Have” White Privilege?

How Do I Know if I “Have” White Privilege?

The short answer?  If your skin is light enough that you could pass for white than you will likely be treated differently than if you don’t.  But it’s so much more complicated than that.  Privilege is defined as “a special right, advantage or immunity granted or...