The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
— SIGMUND FREUD
We Can Dialogue with Dignity
Have you ever had a really good therapist who was able to “get” you? Do you have friends who accept you for you, who will be patient and listen to you no matter how hard you lash out at them? There are tools in psychology that make these phenomena possible. Every person has their own language, and when others learn to speak it, it makes empathy and deep communication possible. It’s easy to get swept up in platitudes when words like “empathy” are thrown around, only to find out that the process is so much more complicated than we thought, and building bridges across divides seems impossibly daunting. But there IS a science here to be discovered.
There is no time like the present to build a complete model for large-group psychodynamics. The Internet has made us more divisive, but also given us new avenues for communication and studying communication. We’re looking for a handful of people from opposite ends of the political spectrum who would like to participate in a long-form conversation project. All totalled, it would be a relatively minor time commitment, but spread out over the course of several weeks. Participants will interact with one another, alternating between a text-based forum and face-to-face Zoom meetings. We will examine how people interact in a social media environment, particularly how the language that we use can cause intense reactions, and look for new language tools in the process.
We’re looking for a handful of people from opposite ends of the political spectrum who would like to participate in a long-form conversation project. We will examine how people interact in a social media environment, particularly how the language that we use can cause intense reactions, and look for new language tools in the process.
Participants will meet on Zoom or another video conferencing service, then interact in a text based forum for 1-2 weeks. Optional daily questions will help inspire conversation during this period. Following this interaction, participants will reconvene over video chat to discuss whether they believe the dialogue has thus far been successful or unsuccessful. This will also give people a chance to resolve conflicts that have arisen. After another 1-2 weeks of text-based interaction, participants will meet face to face one last time to determine if any improvements occurred, if any language trends became apparent, or if any other conclusions emerged.
There are no dates currently set for this project. As soon as we get people signing up, we will reach out to find dates that work for interested parties. Thank you!
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