Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fwd: Can a divided America heal? asks a social psychologist

For many friends looking for ways to feel hopeful, respectful and unafraid, this may help.  This collection of TED talks is rich enough that I want to send it out with more of the weekend left.  It is my post for Sunday, the 13th.

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November 12, 2016

Jonathan Haidt: Can a divided America heal?

20:17 minutes · Filmed Nov 2016 · Posted Nov 2016 · TEDNYC

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking that have led to such sharp divisions in America and in countries around the world -- and provides a vision for how to move forward.

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With warmth and wit, Halla Tómasdóttir shares how she overcame media bias, changed the tone of the political debate and surprised her entire nation when she ran for president of Iceland -- inspiring the next generation of leaders along the way. "What we see, we can be," she says. "It matters that women run." Watch »


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Quote of the Week


Jonathan Haidt: As we demonize each other more, we're more likely not just to say about the other side, 'they're wrong' or 'I don't like them,' but we say 'they're evil, they're satanic, they're disgusting.' And then we want nothing to do with them. 
Chris Anderson: So, how do we deal with that? How do we defuse disgust?
Haidt: Personal relationships are the most powerful means we have. You can be disgusted by a group of people, but then you meet a particular person and you genuinely discover that they're lovely. And gradually it chips away."

Jonathan Haidt
Can a divided America heal?
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