I am a Ph.D. social psychologist with expertise in stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, intergroup conflict, and culture. I’ve lived in 3 “United” countries, on 3 continents, with 3 remarkably different political systems. I’ve visited more than 70 countries. I study, practice, and teach yoga (the most literal translation of which is union). I won’t claim to have a perfect – or perfectly objective – view of the world, but I will claim to be a student of the diversity of human experience.
This blog is an attempt to highlight how Western psychology and Eastern philosophy understand the human mind. Both recognize that at our very core, humans have bias. We see the world not exactly as it is, but as our mind filters it. The information we are exposed to from our families, friends, peers, teachers, the media, and everyday interactions creates sets of expectations and values that influence every experience that follows.
Having bias doesn’t mean that we are bad. It means that we are human. It results from processes that are functional in many ways, but that also have predictable (and often problematic) consequences.
If you would like to learn more about these processes, please read these posts deeply. Think critically about what you agree with, but think even more extensively about what makes you uncomfortable, or with what you disagree. I hope you’ll take each post in the spirit with which it is written, which is to promote critical analysis and both intellectual and social understanding.