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Building understanding in a world of hate and division
Frustrating conversations often feature people talking past each other. The meaning of commonly used words can differ from person to person.
Wikipedia and the social media platform Polis provide encouraging examples of how polarization can be navigated for positive results.
Self-censorship is on the rise among those on both the right and left in the U.S., regardless of how moderate or extreme their views actually are. This has multiple important implications.
Curiosity has some powerful proven benefits, from helping people respond better to stress to reducing stereotyping.
Research shows that so much of what you feel and do depends on your social networks.
This shift in the way you think about conflicts can make you more powerful in analyzing them and in getting your needs met.
Muddled conversations can cause all kinds of problems in your life. Here's a simple fix for a common communication mistake.
How is it that some of us get stuck, while others make major changes look effortless? Experts suggest that these four steps are key.
An incredible example—not knowing you're talking to an AI chatbot—illustrates a common problem in bitter societal conflicts: the challenge of interpretation.
A letter signed by prominent figures criticizing "cancel culture" has caused an explosive debate. Here are some relevant tips for better conflicts.
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us. So why are our responses so polarized?
The key factors that research finds will influence your feeling about protests like those around the police killing of George Floyd.
COVID-19 is causing many of us to feel understandably unsettled and on edge. This is what happens when people suddenly "snap" and how to avoid it.
With increasingly sophisticated ways of concealing and manipulating the truth, we need these skills to build trust.
Low-quality conversations on tough topics aren’t inevitable. Try this instead.
Why do so many of us think we’re in the middle of a culture war? How does that metaphor impact our disagreements?
The firing of a controversial hockey personality contains five valuable lessons that can apply to our own conflicts.
What makes people hate, what helps them change, and what can you learn from that for your own life?
Getting discouraged about the growing divide between the left and right? Here are the seven key points you need to know.
A brief look at the unlikely roles that feeling good and being grateful play in trying to change the world.
How you define harm, abuse, or prejudice might make a difference to your well-being.
Simplistic thinking may be harming your relationships, health, and decisions. Here's what you can do about it.
The last topic you’d imagine to be explosively controversial is sitting still and peacefully watching our thoughts. You’d be wrong. How does every issue become contentious?
How do conflicts like that about GMOs become so polarized? What can we learn from this for when we're in any kind of tough conversation?
Some research on the messy challenges surrounding language choices, "political correctness," and rising polarization.
Surprising evidence suggests that how we approach others can make positive and fulfilling interactions more likely.
Matthew Legge is the author of Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division. He is a Peace Program Coordinator at Canadian Friends Service Committee.