Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work
As featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TED Talks, and The Orange County Register, this practical, politically neutral book offers concrete skills for holding meaningful conversations that cut across today's intense political divide, showing readers how to connect to the people in their lives.Author featured on NPR's All Things Considered and NBC's The Today Show with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Self-Help This is a great read for all sides of the political spectrum. Inspired by the author's experience leading countless workshops to bridge common ground among members of her community, this book shows how we can reach across the divide and bring Americans together, one conversation at a time. Political polarization is at an all-time high, and the consequences for our personal relationships are significant. Many people have friends and family members with whom they feel they can no longer communicate because of their extreme political views. In this book, psychologist Tania Israel presents her program for helping people have meaningful, constructive conversations with those they disagree with politically. Chapters show readers how to develop and use the scientifically-proven skills that are the foundation of constructive conversation, including strategies for effective listening, managing emotions, and understanding someone else's perspective, as well as finding common ground, avoiding self-righteousness, and telling your own story. Throughout, conversation prompts, practical exercises, case examples, and self-quizzes help readers visualize and practice starting, sustaining, and ending challenging conversations.
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About the Author
Tania Israel holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Israel leads dialogue skill-building workshops to help people connect across political differences and teaches about helping skills, leadership, and community collaboration. She has also facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues on a range of topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA. Visit taniaisrael.com and follow her on Twitter @BtheBdialogue, Facebook facebook.com/BeyondtheBubbleDialogue/, and on Linked In linkedin.com/in/tania-israel-1256aa195/.
"Practical advice for talking to, and understanding, those whose campaign yard signs make you wince."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"It is important to have realistic expectations for those who hold radically different views... discusses strategies for connecting across the political divide."-- "The New York Times"
Author interviewed on Washington Post The Lily, "Why you need to keep talking about race with your White family"
-- "Washington Post"
"Israel, a psychology professor at University of California-Santa Barbara, debuts with a practical, nonpartisan guide to holding productive conversations about hot-button political issues... a lucid and concise guide to avoiding the pitfalls of partisanship."-- "Publishers Weekly Review"
"A practical, politically neutral how-to for developing and using skills that are building blocks of constructive conversation..."-- "The Orange County Register"
Featured on TED Ideas--"How to listen--really listen--to someone you don't agree with"-- "TED Ideas"