#11 – Solo: Aggressive Activism & the Neuroscience Behind Why It Fails
I recently wrote an essay exploring “How Ideological Extremists Are Undermining Their Own Goals” and I thought for this episode I would try something a little different, exploring this essay as a solo podcast.
The main focus of that essay (and therefore this episode) is dedicated to showcasing how the hostility of the “us” vs “them” dynamic that is currently dominating the culture wars, both in the streets and online, is neurobiologically counter-productive. I explore how the stress, fear, anxiety, and sense of social rejection brought about by this approach actually makes people incapable of empathizing with, learning about, and being supportive of your movement, and instead increases radicalism in a way that worsens society for everyone.
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