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Alpha, Beta, and Theta Instincts All Have Huge Impacts on Our Behavior and Our Lives

October 23, 2019 5:40 am Published by Comments Off on Alpha, Beta, and Theta Instincts All Have Huge Impacts on Our Behavior and Our Lives

Many people have an appreciation of the huge impact that Alpha instincts have on our communities and our lives. The InterGroup books describe those instincts in several places. People who have their Alpha instincts activated tend to act in Alpha ways — tending to be territorial, antagonistic toward other alphas and other groups, and to have expectations about how they are personally treated in their...

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Six Triggers Bring People Together In Almost Any Setting

September 25, 2019 1:52 am Published by Comments Off on Six Triggers Bring People Together In Almost Any Setting

There are times when it is extremely useful to be able to bring people together to create a sense of alignment and shared purpose and to have a sense of being Us rather than Them. Bringing people together in various settings to create a sense of group identity and shared purpose can sometimes be an extremely useful and important thing to do, and that is...

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We Need to Save America by Helping Every Child in the First Years of Life

June 19, 2019 9:25 am Published by Comments Off on We Need to Save America by Helping Every Child in the First Years of Life

We are headed for major pain and failure as a country, because we have not closed the learning gaps in our schools for more than 30 years, and we now have a majority of children who are being born into the low end of the gaps. We have failed in closing all of the gaps in all of our schools because basic human biology dictates...

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We Need to Fix This Now

May 6, 2019 6:55 pm Published by Comments Off on We Need to Fix This Now

The situation we face as a country is extremely serious. If we do not intervene now in intentional and effective ways to help every child being born to every group in our country get the right support in the first months and first years of life, we will damage ourselves badly as a country. We have massive learning gaps in our schools, and those gaps...

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Learning Readiness

The Most Important Number in America Is Learning Readiness at Age Four

January 17, 2019 8:50 am Published by Comments Off on The Most Important Number in America Is Learning Readiness at Age Four

The most important number in America for our future as a country is the percentage of our children from every group who are learning ready at age four. We will be badly damaged as a country if we do not reduce the learning gaps in our schools. The learning gaps in our high schools today across the country are huge — and those gaps have...

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ISIS And Al Qaeda Are Landlocked … And Only Tribes Can Defeat Them

November 20, 2018 9:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

ISIS And Al Qaeda Are Landlocked … And Only Tribes Can Defeat Them Primal Pathways, Peace in Our Time, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace all describe the major impacts that our instinctive tribal behaviors have on people across the planet. Anyone who doubts the direct and major impact our instinctive tribal behaviors have on the world today can have their doubts...

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Racism Increases Premature Births in America

Racism Increases Premature Births in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point

October 29, 2018 4:36 am Published by Comments Off on Racism Increases Premature Births in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point

We have important new information about the impact of racism on the preterm birth rates in our country. We now know that African American mothers who feel stress about the impact of racism on their children are more than twice as likely to give birth prematurely. We also now know that for infant mortality outcomes, the level of infant mortality goes down for our white...

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What do we do about Chicago

So What Do We Need to Do About Chicago?

September 8, 2018 8:57 pm Published by Comments Off on So What Do We Need to Do About Chicago?

There are some key numbers that need to be known and understood in order for us to understand what needs to happen now in that troubled city. Forty-one people were shot in seven hours in Chicago last week. Eighty-five people were shot that week. More than 3,000 people were shot last year. More than 600 of those shooting victims died. More than 80 percent of...

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Alignment Pyramid

It Feels Right to Defend Our Us and to Be Us and to Help Us All Create InterGroup Peace as an American Us

July 4, 2018 4:36 am Published by Comments Off on It Feels Right to Defend Our Us and to Be Us and to Help Us All Create InterGroup Peace as an American Us

We are at high risk of tribalizing as a country, and doing very negative and damaging things to one another in the context of our basic sets of inter group instincts. Those behaviors that put us at high risk of being damaged will be rooted in the purely instinctive need we each have at a very basic level to be part of an Us. We...

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We Owe it to Ourselves to Tell the Truth to Each Other

April 30, 2018 4:58 pm Published by Comments Off on We Owe it to Ourselves to Tell the Truth to Each Other

We owe it to ourselves as a country and as a nation to tell the truth to one another. We owe it to ourselves as a country to make telling the truth our personal commitment and our mutual agreement and understanding, and our basic and foundational approach to sharing information and to communicating directly with one another. Telling the truth can help us survive as...

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