The Need for Healthy Dissent: Standing Out and Breaking the Spiral of Silence

Human beings are very social creatures and we often depend on social approval to feel liked and accepted. This is generally a good thing as this “desire for approval” is what allows us to create bonds with one another, cultivate … Continue reading

The Disintegration of the Community: Why We Feel Alone Even When Surrounded By People

Do you feel like you’re a part of your local community? If your answer is “no,” you’re not defective, this is actually how many people feel today. According to sociologist Robert Putnam in his classic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse … Continue reading

How to Be a Skeptical Thinker About Facts and Statistics You Find on the Internet

It’s commonly said that the “information age” could just as easily be the “misinformation age.” Now more than ever it’s important we become skeptical thinkers. While the internet allows us to have so much information readily available at our finger … Continue reading

How to Build Your Own “Safe Space” and Never Grow as a Person

Today among colleges and students, there is an increasing demand for “safe spaces.” “Safe spaces” are essentially a place where anyone can be themselves without being judged or made to feel uncomfortable for it. It’s often associated with groups of … Continue reading

6 Moral Taste Buds That Shape Our Morality: Why We Have Different Beliefs in Politics, Religion, and Morality

Why do we all have such a hard time agreeing on issues of politics, religion, and morality? According to moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt in The Righteous Mind, groups like liberals and conservatives operate on different “moral foundations” that make it … Continue reading