A guide to learning how to communicate with people who have diametrically opposed opinions from you, how to empathize with them, and how to (possibly) change their minds
Product Code: 6984
ISBN: 9780143132707
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Pages: 272
Published Date: 08/14/2018
Availability:In stock
Price: $16.00

America is more polarized than ever. Whether the issue is Donald Trump, healthcare, abortion, gun control, breastfeeding, or even DC vs Marvel, it feels like you can’t voice an opinion without ruffling someone’s feathers. In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to build walls around yourself. You fill up your Twitter feed with voices that are angry about the same issues and believe as you believe. Before long, you’re isolated in your own personalized echo chamber. And if you ever encounter someone outside of your bubble, you don’t understand how the arguments that resonate so well with your peers can’t get through to anyone else. In a time when every conversation quickly becomes a battlefield, it’s up to us to learn how to talk to each other again.

In Talking Across the Divide, social justice activist Justin Lee explains how to break through the five key barriers that make people resist differing opinions. With a combination of psychological research, pop-culture references, and anecdotes from Justin’s many years of experience mediating contentious conversations, this book will help you understand people on the other side of the argument and give you the tools you need to change their minds–even if they’ve fallen for “fake news.”

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Chapter 1 Echo-Chamber World
Chapter 2 But I Can’t Talk to Those People!
Chapter 3 The Fourth Tool
Chapter 4 How to Prepare for a Successful Dialogue
Chapter 5 Shut up and Listen

The First Barrier Ego Protection
Chapter 6 The Villain’s Side of the Story

The Second Barrier Team Loyalty
Chapter 7 Challenging US -vs.- Them Mindsets
Chapter 8 When Teams Get Tense
Chapter 9 Are You the Problem?

Third Barrier Comfort
Chapter 10 The Power of Your Story

The Fourth Barrier Misinformation
Chapter 11 Fighting Falsehood
Chapter 12 Why Won’t They Accept the Truth?
Chapter 13 An Uplifting Story – Starring Them

The Fifth Barrier Worldview Protection
Chapter 14 Making the Ask
Chapter 15 Reflection
Chapter 16 Hope for the Future

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