According to psychologist Kirk Schneider, corporate swindlers, stubborn ideologues, and school gunmen all have one thing in common. He calls it “the polarized mind” — when someone believes their point of view is right to the exclusion of all others. He says we see this with bigots, bullies, and even addicts — and that its symptoms are hidden until something terrible happens. Dr. Schneider joins us to talk about his new book, “The Polarized Mind.”
Host: Michael Krasny
- Kirk Schneider, adjunct faculty at Saybrook University; vice president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute; and author of “The Polarized Mind: Why It’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It”
Pattie Canova is a psychological intuitive, tarot reader, teacher, lecturer, writer, and performer. As a tarot reader, Canova works with the Mythic deck and incorporates dream work into her readings. Informed by a background in theatre, mythology, writing, metaphysics and a deep interest in spirituality, Pattie incorporates keen analyses and constructive insights into her work, following a “what you think is what you’ll see” philosophy.
Ami Ronnberg, MA, is curator of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism and editor in chief of A Book of Images: Reflections on Symbols to be published by Taschen in 2010 as part of the ARAS publication project. She is also on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in New York City.
“A former nun, Karen Armstrong left her convent in the late 1960s, and for 13 years she distanced herself from organized religion. She ended up working in television, and on an assignment in Jerusalem she had a kind of epiphany about the similarities among the major world religions. It was the study of those religions that allowed her to revisit her own faith.
Armstrong published her first book, Through the Narrow Gate, in 1982. Twenty-seven years and more than 20 books later — including the best-selling A History of God — Armstrong releases her latest book, The Case for God. In it, she argues that religion is a practical discipline that teaches us to discover new capacities of the mind and heart.”
Listen to the NPR interview here.