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Pamela B. Paresky Ph.D.
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?
Apologies don’t cut it. Forgiveness? Forget it. When people say “be better,” they mean “be better—or else.” Cancel Culture is apocalyptic.
The organization Heterodox Academy aims to increase open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.
Have students at NYU and Sarah Lawrence lost their minds? Or is there something we're missing?
Many kids in the cheating scandal had no idea their parents were interfering with their applications. Lawnmower parenting might clear a path, but it leaves a trail of debris.
The frenzy about the APA guidelines has died down. What have we learned?
Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is the latest target of the online outrage machine. But the Twittersphere's reaction is encouraging.
Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz are willing to engage in dialogue and disagreement because they see each other as intellectual equals who share a common humanity.
Figures from what some call "The Intellectual Dark Web" were slated to speak at an all-day conference. But the promoter canceled and folded. And people came anyway.
In an "epic tale of subterfuge in online dating," dozens of men show up at a park thinking they are meeting a date.
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 "Fragile Self Disorder" or empower students to get past the discomfort of confronting objectionable ideas and teach them to think critically.
Pamela Paresky, Ph.D., is Senior Scholar in Human Development & Psychology at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Director of the Aspen Center for Human Development, and author of A Year of Kindness.