Improve Your Relationships With Effective Communication Skills

Conflict in a relationship is virtually inevitable. In itself, conflict isn’t a problem; how it’s handled, however, can bring people together or tear them apart. Poor communication skills, disagreements, and misunderstandings can be a source of anger and distance or a springboard to a stronger relationship and a happier future.   Tips for Effective Communication[…]

Tips for Talking to Someone You Disagree With

Talking with someone we disagree with is an unpredictable nightmare for a lot of us. Tensions escalate quickly, especially in times of uncertainty.In our present political climate, many of us are experiencing a breakdown in our ability to engage the “other side.” When these channels of communication fail, it can represent a significant loss to our[…]

How to Avoid Doing Harm When You Discuss Race at Work

Race dialogues at work have the potential to leave minority employees feeling distressed, exhausted, or dismissed.   The year 2020 has been a rough one, especially for Black Americans. The global coronavirus pandemic’s disproportional impact, combined with multiple police murders of unarmed Black people, cast a brighter light on systemic racism in the United States. In[…]

The Benefits of Being Open-Minded

Open-mindedness is a characteristic that involves being receptive to a wide variety of ideas, arguments, and information. Being open-minded is generally considered a positive quality. It is a necessary ability in order to think critically and rationally.   If you are not open to other ideas and perspectives, it is difficult to see all of[…]

The Harmful Effects of Racial Stereotyping

We all have stereotypes about other people. And those stereotypes can hurt you as well as the individual you’re stereotyping. Here’s how to become more aware of your stereotypes and the impact they have.   Racial stereotyping involves a fixed, overgeneralized belief about a particular group of people based on their race. And while some[…]

Tips for Discussing Racial Injustice in the Workplace

In recent years, psychologists have done significant research on the impact of systemic racism. Specifically, researchers including Wong et al. (2014) and Bilotta et al. (2019) have explored two kinds of systemic racism—overt and aversive.   Overt racism is the type exhibited directly in the form of racial slurs, castigation of others and explicit bias against a[…]