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From the moment we’re born we’re physiologically built with an innate sense to feel connected–to our parents, our siblings, our world. It’s instinctual. So what happens when the world you’re born into or the one you’re raised in turns out to be dark and isolating? Niobe Way, Professor of Developmental Psychology at New York University, shares the research behind “bad people,” and a clear, viable solution on how to change our self-destructive culture.

Beyond being a professor, Dr. Way’s also the Founder of The Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity at NYU. From this project, Dr. Way emphasizes the Think and Do Tank that draws from the science of human connection in order to create a just and humane world. “Our theory of change is that transforming the way that we see each other will transform the way we treat each other,” says Dr. Way. Her work focuses on the intersections of culture, context, and human development with a particular focus on social and emotional development and how cultural ideologies influence developmental trajectories. Listen in as Dr. Way shares insight from her in-depth research and latest book, The Crisis of Connection.

A more connected, healthier, and happier you starts NOW!

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Key Takeaways:

The universal issue. All too often we criticize ourselves for over-feeling, for not acting with our mind first. Nothing can feel more devastating than being rejected when you put yourself forward emotionally. But what does that do for us as a culture? The research says THIS . . . [13:48].

The simple solution. It seems that all around us people are living in despair. They’re lonely, they’re unfulfilled, and they’re depressed. But at the root of it all, the answer is clear. The ONE thing we need to focus on as a society, as a whole, is . . . [24:41].

The universal change. Our world’s struggling deeply with its need to connect. In every corner of every neighborhood, people are desperately reaching out to build relationships, to find unity. Dr. Way’s naysayers say changing a culture is really hard, but she boldly disagrees. HERE is why . . . [31:17].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.

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