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Robin Atkins is back to discuss psychology in debate. Robin is a licensed mental health counselor, specializing in reproductive issues. She also has a philosophy degree. She spent four years doing home-based therapy with the Department of Children’s Services. She’s a pro-life advocate with an atypical perspective on some of the issues surrounding abortion.
- 00:00 Introduction
- 02:00 Defining communication
- 03:44 Navigating debates, in-person and online
- 05:53 Clarifying the labels “speaker” vs “listener”
- 08:25 How do you help someone who is constantly offended by the other side?
- 13:36 Ideology-driven vs. topic-driven debate
- 17:31 How do you get past people’s defenses?
- 20:03 Should our primary goal be to change minds?
- 24:49 Timing and empathy matters
- 26:27 On anecdotal evidence and miscarriage
- 31:54 On benevolent trolling and the use of snark
- 43:31 When is it time to end an unproductive conversation?
- 47:25 If self-awareness is important, how can people who aren’t self-aware discover and work on that?
- 49:11 Why is civil discourse so low right now, and what can do we about that?44
- 59:27 What is it you’d like people to take from the “Unoffendable” book?
Contact Robin @TruthAgape on Twitter:
Dialogue Tip: Tell Them That They Can’t Offend You:
We referenced our mutual friend Petra Wallenmeyer who is now a writing intern at ERI, as well as the Content Director for the Human Defense Initiative. Read her articles here:
Charisma on Command YouTube channel:
Brant Hanson’s book, “Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better”: