About the Institute for InterGroup Understanding

The Institute for InterGroup Understanding

The Institute for InterGroup Understanding exists to help create intergroup Peace. We need to intellectually overcome our more negative and damaging instinctive behaviors. We instinctively divide the world into "Us" and "Them" -- and we react very differently to "Us" and "Them." We protect, defend, accept, and support “Us” -- and we dislike, distrust, attack, and damage “Them.”

Those instincts have great power to shape our lives. They have had major impact on our history -- causing us to be who we are, and to do what we do in ways that we often do not understand. Understanding those instincts gives us great and needed power over Them. We need that power over those instincts, and we need it now to create Peace in our world.

Our Mission

Our mission at the Institute is to teach people how to take advantage and build on the best features of being “Us” -- and to avoid and prevent the worst features of being “Them” -- in every site and setting in America. Our mission is also to help every child in America get the full benefits of early childhood support so that we can have all groups prosper, and we can have the American Dream be a reality and an expectation for us all.  

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is that we should each make enlightened, ethical, informed, and accountable decisions about our own lives and about our InterGroup and interpersonal interactions with other people and with the world around us. Knowledge is Power. We need the knowledge of who we are so that we can act in accountable ways to make that knowledge a tool as well as an intellectual understanding. We also believe that since we now understand what our children need in their first years of life to have safe and productive lives, that knowledge creates an ethical obligation for each of us to do what we can to help every child from every ethnic, economic, cultural, and racial group in America.