Essential Reads

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

Juries, Lawyers, and Race Bias

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Juries are a central part of the legal system. Racial bias can cause significant problems in juries. Are lawyers sensitive to the biases of jurors?

The Disunited States of America and the Bystander Effect

By Sean Cort on July 18, 2016 in The Power of Perspective
Our nation is actually a 'nation-family' and we are suffering from an illness that could prove fatal.

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Coping After Shootings: Self-Care Strategies for Families

Witnessing gun violence directly or through media can cause difficulties with behavioral and emotional functioning. Read these tips on coping to reduce trauma.

"Us" and "Them"...Two Solitudes

People tend to be clannish, and often live in "emotionally-gated communities," in which they seldom communicate. These separations can breed prejudice and conflict, as we often see

Leslie Jones Is a Movie Star Who Makes Me Laugh and Cry

The more diversity of characters and actors we see on our stages and screens, the more opportunities we can create for identification and empathy between one another.

The Rules of Engagement in Controversial Discourse

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 22, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
How to engage in civll discourse on controversial topics without really having to try all that hard.

What White Fragility Looks Like

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 20, 2016 in Minority Report
You may have heard of the term "white fragility" without much context or understanding of how a Caucasian becomes defensive when he/she is challenged. Enter Jennifer Murphy...

Silence Is Not Always Golden

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Social Lights
The need to talk to your children about diversity in these violent times.

#What Lives Matter?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 16, 2016 in Minority Report
By now you've seen the war of words between #Black Lives Matter and #All Lives Matter. So what's wrong with saying, "All lives matter"?

America's Racial Hunger Games

Race is cat-fishing Americans. Based on our segregated racial past we go along trying to represent what we think is our racial district. But representing race is a killing game.

The Missing Word Is Panic.

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
When aggression triggers a moral reflex, it can be blinding. We use it routinely to pump up heroic violence.

D.W. Sue: Microaggressions Are NOT Always Racism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Promoter of the term "microaggression" regrets its weaponization and chilling effect on campus free speech.

Social Justice and Theater at a Time of Crisis

At the Theatre of the Oppressed last week a group of 36 of us from across many social divides and several countries grappled together with our experiences.

After Dallas, Why Aren't Whites Rushing to Enact Gun Reform?

Guns are mythologized in our culture. And when something is sacred, regulating it becomes much more difficult.

How to Fight Fairly on Facebook and Other Social Media

Is your Facebook aflame with hateful discussions? How can you stand up, say your piece, and shed some light without getting burned or adding to the chaos? Here are some guidelines.

Is Success Worth It?

Are you a minority in tech? Your success may cost you...but it doesn't have to be this way. Try these mindset shifts to increase your well-being.

The Conversation About Race and Racism in America

By Marty Babits on July 13, 2016 in The Middle Ground
The conversation on race that we must encourage and participate in must be built on empathy that is laced with compassion.

Lessons Learned From Auschwitz

Can the lessons learned from Auschwitz help at a time when violence of intolerance continues?

Study Demonstrates Racial Disparity in Police Force

The science supports the arguments in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Coming Home to Tibet: Author Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

"Coming Home to Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Belonging" is a wonderful new book that explores the people and land of Tibet. Here is an interview with the author.

You Aren't Hating Enough

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on July 10, 2016 in Social Lights
The outrage over not enough outrage.
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Tragedy in Dallas: Echoes of "We Charge Genocide"

The Dallas gunman's accusation of genocide against black Americans is nothing new.
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Why Do We Hate Difference?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 10, 2016 in Off the Couch
Why do leaders who nurture prejudice and fan the flames of hatred become so incredibly and disturbingly popular? And what can you do about it?
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What I Wish the Police Knew About REBT

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Fearless You
Could healthier thinking have prevented Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas?

Tony-Nominated Director Liesl Tommy Makes More Than History

When we share our authentic stories and listen carefully to those around us, we all win. And we can thank people like the Tony nominated director Liesl Tommy, for showing us how.

Outlaw immigrants? Then No Baklava for Trump!

Lawmakers should abide by the laws they create. Let’s have guns at the GOP Convention and no free healthcare for Congress.

Dog Whistler: Did Trump Just Insinuate Obama Is a Traitor?

This just in: Donald Trump is dog whistler in chief.

Instead of Being Silent

What does love look like in the wake of violence I cannot grasp?

Sleeping While Black

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 14, 2016 in Minority Report
If you're black, you're more likely to get your request rejected by a potential host on Airbnb because of your race. A Harvard study found widespread discrimination against blacks

An "I-Thou" Dialogue Between a Police Officer and Activist

A fresh and, I believe, imperative approach to conflict mediation.

Gays and Lesbians and Transgendered...Oh my!

Americans are wildly overestimating the percentage of the population that is homosexual. That is being caused by neo-diversity anxiety that is moving into a dangerous paranoia.

The Neuroscience of Planning and Navigating Your Daily Life

Stanford researchers have identified how the human brain navigates daily life.