Cooperation feels good. Human society is built on it. So why do we clash so destructively—in our marriages, at work, and especially when talking about politics?
Julia Minson is a social psychologist at Harvard’s Kennedy School who studies the psychology of disagreement, aiming to tease out ways we can make fraught conversations more enjoyable and productive. Her current research is inspired by Braver Angels’ workshops, and her studies may have revealed the “secret sauce” that makes them so effective. The answer…probably won’t be what you expect!
Along the way, Julia touches on simple behaviors that can improve our day-to-day in-person and online interactions, what makes social media both better and worse than you think, and how her work is received by students and faculty in academia.
Learn more about Julia’s research on her website: www.juliaminson.com