There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Pamela B. Paresky Ph.D.
Recent surveys from the Knight Foundation and Heterodox Academy reveal problems with and understanding of free speech in high school and with the climate on college campuses.
The vaccination debate is marked by moral outrage and institutional distrust. Yet Walmart has over-performed in vaccine-hesitant communities. What's their secret?
Viewpoint diversity may be endangered on our college campuses but sexual diversity is thriving.
Commitment to the inclusion of a diversity of backgrounds requires a diversity of views. DEI efforts that do not permit disagreement have the quality of a cult.
Our elders possess tremendous wisdom. One of them recently left us. We can all benefit from this sage advice from Emmy-winning TV director Jay Sandrich.
A linguistically constructed lens is like a pair of glasses that alters how things appear. CRT is a lens for seeing things like race, power, justice, and knowledge a certain way.
When critical theory replaces critical thinking, it erodes ethics, degrades care, and creates a hostile environment. A recent lawsuit against Stanford University illustrates how.
Gen Z loneliness, isolation, and depression levels have dropped since a year ago. But young people are not doing as well as older generations.
Think you have a handle on psychological concepts like self-esteem, grit, resilience, and implicit bias? Think again. Or better yet, read "The Quick Fix."
What one thing could leaders in politics, journalism, and the media do to improve their own profession, politics, or society? A rabbi, a professor, and a doctor respond.
What possibilities are in store for us in 2021? I asked political scientists, psychologists, a counterterrorism expert, a doctor, and a Rabbi. Here's what they had to say.
Are you looking for books to give as holiday gifts to friends, or to yourself? These three books offer wisdom for making 2021 a much better year.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano is ready to move #ForwardTogether. Are you?
The psychology of authoritarianism is infecting our politics. Can we reject the "us" versus "them" narrative that poisons our political discourse?
Social distancing has created a need for new rituals and methods of support for those grappling with loss. But they aren’t yet in place. For kids, there is a book that may help.
Given the risks of large gatherings, the 4th of July this year may be a good time to celebrate another kind of independence: What blessings of liberty might we "rescue from hell"?
Right now, crusaders engaging in public humiliation and vengeance are seen as trusted moral exemplars. To heal wounds — and our fractured democracy — we need helpers instead.
Why did the Washington Post publish a story in June 2020 about an offensive costume at a Halloween party in 2018? Is social isolation making us all mean?
Apocalyptic psychology is a quest for absolute moral purity and the power to enforce it. A heightened focus on moral contamination may be related to a focus on viral contamination.
Tips for a better experience during a stay-at-home order.
Human beings are meant to be around others. We are social, not solitary beings. This period of physical distancing will be challenging. But it's not insurmountable.
A recent study found that 15% of Republicans and 20% of Democrats think the country would be better off if large numbers of opposing partisans “just died.” What is going on?
Columnist Bret Stephens is the object of outrage once again, but his critics are offended by a column he didn't write. Perhaps cognitive bias is to blame.
An elite, progressive school with an aggressive anti-racism program is accused of rampant bigotry.
Journalists are starting to replace ethics with empathy. The result is bad journalism – and being taken for a ride.
Chloé Valdary's "Theory of Enchantment" program brings compassion and humanity to disagreement and diversity—and empowers people to choose their lives.
Frank Bruni gets hate mail for being gay. How does he respond? How do you respond in the face of baseless hate?
Civil discourse norms are eroding. A narrow conception of who constitutes "us" can lead to dehumanizing rhetoric and feelings of disgust toward people we consider the "other."
In 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first human being to walk on the moon. The sense of awe and wonder that the space program once inspired created a sense of global unity we now lack.
Articulating the views of persuadable Trump supporters results in a social media free-for-all. Covering an Antifa protest ends with an assault. What has happened to civil society?
Pamela Paresky, Ph.D., is Sr. Scholar at the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), Visiting Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago, and author of A Year of Kindness.