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Pamela B. Paresky Ph.D.
What can we do about bigotry, hatred, and racial violence? A former skinhead says the answer is love.
A new Harvard study indicates that trigger warnings may undermine resilience in the aftermath of trauma, and promote a stigmatizing view of trauma survivors as emotional invalids.
Daniella Greenbaum wrote a mainstream conservative opinion piece and Business Insider retracted it. Greenbaum resigned, and the world of acceptable ideas got even smaller.
Can our fractured democracy be repaired by addressing our nation's poverty of empathy, and replacing hate and recriminations with "radical love"?
A new book delivers an important message: It's a myth that experiencing mid-life malaise means there's something wrong with you or your life.
“You know what makes politics so toxic?” conservative commentator Charlie Sykes asked on Twitter. The firing of Kevin Williamson is a case in point.
You want to perform acts of kindness, but sometimes you run out of ideas. A new book by the Editor-in-Chief of Woman's Day has you covered.
When we ask ourselves whether we are really listening, we can find part of the answer by asking ourselves where we have placed the person with whom we are speaking.
Do you argue for the sake of putting someone down? Do you argue for the sake of elevating yourself? What if we learned to argue for the sake of democracy?
Teen use of most substances is down, but teens are "vaping" marijuana, and think it's safe.
Dreading spending the holidays with relatives whose politics you can't stand? Doing this one thing is a game-changer.
The design of children's social life teaches them to create a world of status where people are left out and mistreated. One teen is trying to change that — with an app.
College callout culture has breached the campus gate, and Google is the first high-profile company to join the post-rational world. What allowed it to happen; can it happen again?
Political violence has its roots in anger, contempt, and disgust; three emotions familiar to all of us. Maintaining our civic values requires avoiding the impulse to dehumanize.
When protesters equate speech with violence, we aren't surprised. But now at least one academic is using science to validate the claim. Is it just harmless rhetoric?
How polarized are we, and what can we do to reclaim the democratic virtues of moderation, civility, and compromise?
Is your "true self" an Inner Child or an Inner Adult?
Pulitzer Prize winning Bret Stephens makes some readers of the New York Times uncomfortable, and some, angry. He says that's his job. But many readers want him fired for his views.
Empathetic professors who subscribe to the invention that words equal violence, and that hearing certain views is a threat to students' "humanity" can do incalculable damage.
Colleges can either give in to "Brittle Self Disorder" or empower students to get past the discomfort of confronting objectionable ideas and teach them to think critically.
Many college students are unable to debate bad ideas because they aren't learning the difference between a firmly held opinion and a self-evident truth.
Violent protests aimed at preventing “hate speech” at Berkeley show how dangerous we become when we can’t tell the difference between vile words and real violence.
The FDA warns that some natural remedies contain poison. Meanwhile partisan rhetoric poisons the body politic.
Our country is divided. There seems to be no middle ground. President Obama calls for free speech and listening to replace silencing and shouting down the opposition.
Headlines call for intolerance toward Trump voters. Families are stressed, and friendships are frayed. Tolerance is a paradigm that has outlived its purpose.
Will this election ever end? And when it's over, who will we be?
In the wake of Donald Trump's lewd comments, there's a debate about whether "locker room talk" is really all that bad.
What about the stigma of seeking mental health care for the injuries of war?
The Aspen Brain Lab convenes experts on living life to its fullest
Want to end bullying? Talking about kindness isn’t the same thing as being kind.
Pamela Paresky, Ph.D., is the Chief Research Officer to the CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Director of the Aspen Center for Human Development, and author of A Year of Kindness.