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Is Political Climate Change An Inside Job? How Our “Human Climate” Feeds Political Discourse … and Discord
Aired 25 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Carol Smaldino, Psychotherapist and Author of “The Human Climate: Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us”
“There are no sides, only angles. And when we see it from the right angle, we’re all on the same side.” — Swami Beyondananda
With political discourse and political discord nearly synonymous, and with the phenomenon of “fake news” – where facts take a backseat to emotionally-fueled beliefs — maybe it’s time we look at the fact that feelings make more of a difference than facts do. Might this highly-charged politics “out there” have something to do with the emotional terrain “in here”?
Our guest this week, psychotherapist Carol Smaldino thinks so … she has written a book that speaks directly to the stormy political climate, The Human Climate: Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us, that examines the role of emotions in our political landscape, both in politicians and in the diverse populations and issues that make up this landscape.
As someone who speaks with and listens to “both” sides, what’s clear to me is that for the most part, each side sees the other side’s shadow – but not its own. Combine this with each side constantly receiving, embracing, and absorbing information that reinforces what they already “know” to be true. I know, I know. The other side is much more that way than we are. (Exactly what the other side is saying about us.)