The "Polarized Mind" is killing us - here's what to do about it

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Saybrook University faculty member and alumnus Kirk Schneider, PhD introduces his newest book: "The Polarized Mind: Why It's Killing Us and What We Can Do About It," which explores why extremism is on the rise and offers solutions.

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What do a school shooter, a corporate swindler, and a bullheaded ideologue have in common? They all converge on what Dr. Kirk Schneider terms “the polarized mind” – a fixation on one point of view to the exclusion of all others.
Since receiving his PhD from Saybrook University, Dr. Schneider has become one of the leading new voices in existential psychology, and his newest book is a diagnosis and history of “the polarized mind,” observing the damage it has done and showing us the steps we urgently need to take to address the danger it presents to our own society. Combining contemporary insights with centuries of cross-cultural, awe-inspired wisdom, Schneider offers solutions to this worldwide problem.
Now available, “The Polarized Mind: Why It’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It” is published by University Professors Press and available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
“My hope is that the book will play some small part in addressing the polarization menace we see all about us today in politics, religion, and our own personal lives from a fresh point of view,” Schneider says.. “We need to augment the national conversation on polarization, which deals mostly with extremist symptoms and behaviors, with a discussion of the existential anxieties that underlie and inform those symptoms and behaviors--and this is what my book brings to the table.”
The official release party for the book will be held at Saybrook University on May 22. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit our website.
Located in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington, Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and research. Saybrook offers advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, leadership, and human science. For 40 years, Saybrook has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit. Saybrook University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act.
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