Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide: Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work will be released by American Psychological Association Books in August, 2020. I wrote this book about how to have dialogue across political lines to offer practical tools to increase understanding and reduce stress related to political discord. My book draws on a strong foundation of psychological theory, research, and skills and was inspired by the people who attended my workshops and wanted additional resources. With political polarization is at an all-time high, Beyond Your Bubble offers a bridge across this increasingly daunting partisan divide.
Beyond Your Bubble is an accessible, politically-neutral, resource for people who are interested in dialogue across political lines. It is relatable across demographics and timely for current concerns. The book introduces evidence-based strategies and focuses on skill-development. Readers can learn at their own pace and can practice – on their own, with others, with family, with community. It’s great for groups: faith communities, political organizations and conferences, corporations, self-improvement workshops, nonprofit advocacy associations, book clubs, student groups, and classrooms.
I am a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. With decades of experience as a researcher and change broker, I have facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues about a range of challenging topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation. Beyond Your Bubble draws on my strengths as a psychologist, teacher, writer, and community organizer.