What Could Stop Our Divisiveness

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If anyone's work is needed right now, it is Jonathan Haidt's. He's a researcher and the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. He was interviewed on TED earlier this month about the intense division we are seeing between people of different political persuasions. His answers are insightful. And he may be the first person I've listened to who doesn't seem to have taken sides politically.

Haidt says in his book that he was very liberal before he started his research. He now considers himself more of a centrist. He learned that both left and right have legitimate points to make and that several factors in our biology make it difficult to see the other side once we have chosen our tribe. But he has some great suggestions about what to do to stop our divisiveness.

Read more about the interview on the TED blog: The other side isn’t your enemy: Jonathan Haidt speaks at TEDNYC.

Read more about Haidt's work: Finding Common Ground During Election Season. 

Adam Khan is the author of Antivirus For Your Mind: How to Strengthen Your Persistence and Determination and Feel Good More Often and co-author with Klassy Evans of Viewfinder: How to Change the Way You Look at Things.


Beyond Mood Raising

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"Man is by nature a productive organism. When he ceases his productivity — whether he is producing a pail or a poem, an industry or an ideology — his life begins to lose its meaning. Though he may be finally buried twenty years after his death, the person who has no raison d'ĂȘtre is not really alive. He is merely the ghost of who he once was or might have become."

- Allen Wiesen, psychologist



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