The Challenge of Empathy in the Wake of the Election

The Challenge of Empathy in the Wake of the Election

Why is it that presidential election seasons bring out the absolute worst of humanity?  How have we justified throwing all civility and respect aside in favor of unfettered contempt, uninformed critique, and widespread ranting about “them” – most of whom we’ve never...
Why Friendships are Falling Apart Over Politics

Why Friendships are Falling Apart Over Politics

Former Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia were on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Yet despite their obvious legal disagreements, the liberal Ginsburg once described herself and the conservative Scalia as “best buddies.” This...
We’re More Polarized by Our Labels Than Our Beliefs

We’re More Polarized by Our Labels Than Our Beliefs

There’s no way around it: we’re pretty politically polarized. 91 percent of Americans told a polling firm last year that they believe the country is divided over politics — that tops the number who said we are divided by race and ethnicity (83 percent) and religion...
Common Mistakes in Political Conversations

Common Mistakes in Political Conversations

With election season around the corner, many of us may find ourselves thrust into heated discussions — with friends, family members, or our broader social networks — about our deeply-held political convictions. Although these conversations have the potential to be...

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