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We Need to Use Alpha Instincts to Make Us Safe, Not Sorry

April 9, 2021 6:19 pm Published by Comments Off on We Need to Use Alpha Instincts to Make Us Safe, Not Sorry

We are all creatures of instincts. We have instincts to be territorial, hierarchical, maternal, paternal, and acquisitional — and those instincts tend to shape our cultures, guide our thinking, and activate and steer our emotions every day of our lives. Those basic sets of instincts shape common patterns of behavior across the planet — and they can be seen everywhere once we know what they...

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We Need to Be an American Us to Survive as a Nation

January 14, 2021 6:36 pm Published by Comments Off on We Need to Be an American Us to Survive as a Nation

We are going into some very challenging times as a country. We just went through a very intense and highly conflicted time in our national capital and we have many people extremely angry with one another in all directions as the result of those events and those occurrences. We need to figure out the right things to do right now to give us the best...

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The Three Things We Should Do Now to Create Peace in America

November 18, 2020 9:03 pm Published by Comments Off on The Three Things We Should Do Now to Create Peace in America

We have choices to make about the future of our country. We also have choices to make about the future of our communities and our families. If we make the wrong decisions, we could be headed for a future of anger, division, and serious damage for ourselves, our families, and for the futures of our children and our grandchildren. We could and probably will doom...

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We Will Be in Big Trouble in January if We Don’t Get This Right at the Level of Our Most Dangerous Primal Instinctive Behaviors and Thoughts

October 21, 2020 7:36 pm Published by Comments Off on We Will Be in Big Trouble in January if We Don’t Get This Right at the Level of Our Most Dangerous Primal Instinctive Behaviors and Thoughts

We could be headed for the most dangerous months in the history of our country. We could damage ourselves in permanent ways and we could find ourselves in very ugly and even evil places if we do not react in positive ways in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We are all creatures of Instincts. We have very powerful instincts to divide the world into...

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We Need Books for 80 Percent of Low-Income Kids — and We Need 80 Percent of Kids Ready to Learn by Kindergarten

July 21, 2020 5:57 am Published by Comments Off on We Need Books for 80 Percent of Low-Income Kids — and We Need 80 Percent of Kids Ready to Learn by Kindergarten

We need to eliminate the learning gaps in our schools that are damaging so many children. The learning gaps have been getting worse — and that is happening because the basic realities of brain development science tells us that the things we need to do to close those gaps must be done for each child when the children are 15 months old — and there...

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THE HUGE ADVANTAGE AND REAL VALUE OF MEDICARE FOR ALL (THE 20 PERCENT SOLUTION)

May 1, 2020 9:55 am Published by Comments Off on THE HUGE ADVANTAGE AND REAL VALUE OF MEDICARE FOR ALL (THE 20 PERCENT SOLUTION)

We have learned a lot about our national health care non-system in the weak and disorganized response we have just had to the Covid-19 epidemic. We are at a point in our history where we should be figuring out how to provide better care and how we should manage to follow the lead of every other western country and actually cover everyone, and we can...

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This Should Never Happen Again!

April 3, 2020 10:16 pm Published by Comments Off on This Should Never Happen Again!

Our country and the world should never again suffer this kind of damage and disruption from a new disease. We know enough science and we have more than enough computer capability and data sharing capacity to identify any similar risks to us in the future as soon as they arise and to do exactly what we need to do relatively quickly to turn each new...

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Racism Increases Premature Births and Infant Deaths in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point (Updated January 31, 2020)

January 31, 2020 10:07 am Published by Comments Off on Racism Increases Premature Births and Infant Deaths in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point (Updated January 31, 2020)

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 the negative impact of the stress actually increases as both education levels and income...

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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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