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Damaged Peace in Too Many Other Countries

August 30, 2016 6:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Europe is awash in intergroup conflict. Every country in Europe is facing significant intergroup issues — and those countries are all having a hard time figuring out how to deal with those issues. Europe was ethnically pure for centuries. French people lived in France. Germans lived in Germany. Swedes lived in Sweden. Those countries are all highly tribal. That has been true for centuries. In...

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Dr. Oz Talked About My Kid Book Today and Started A Book Drive For Low-income Kids

May 25, 2016 4:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Earlier today, I was interviewed on the Dr. Oz television show about the need for very young children to have books read to them, and I was interviewed about my own book, Three Key Years. Three Key Years explains why we need to talk and read to infants, toddlers, and very young children so they are all learning ready when they get to school. The studio audience...

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Every Child is a Miracle

May 21, 2016 1:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many people who have read the Three Key Years book have asked me for a one or two page summary of the key points in language that can be helpful to new parents. The people who have made that request say the full book is a good teaching tool for parents, families, caregivers, community leaders, and educators — but it is not optimal as a...

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Personal Accountability Is The Key To Enlightened Behaviors

February 19, 2016 7:01 pm Published by 1 Comment

We are all heavily influenced by our instinctive behaviors. All four InterGroup books explain that process in some detail. We have instincts to be maternal, paternal, territorial, hierarchical, and tribal that all influence our thoughts, behaviors, emotions, interpersonal and intergroup interactions, and cultural realities in every setting. The usual pattern for the world we live in is that we have a basic instinct that guides...

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Twelve Core that Values Can Unite Us All And Create Peace

12 Core Values That Can Unite Us & Create Peace

February 2, 2016 6:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We can achieve a culture of Peace for America. We can — if we come together to be a people united by our values and our core beliefs — create an America that succeeds and thrives going into the challenging years that lie ahead. We can help all Americans have the opportunity that we all should have to achieve the American Dream. We can build...

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An Influence of Negative Echoes

We Need the Tools to End InterGroup Conflict and to Create a Win/Win World for Us All ~ The Website Begins Now

September 11, 2015 7:00 am Published by 1 Comment

The InterGroup Institute website launched this morning. It launched on 9/11 in honor of the horrible manifestation of InterGroup hatred and intergroup violence that happened on this day roughly 15 years ago. That event made it very clear to us all that evil behavior at a very primal level can be a very real part of our world. When people have their us/them instincts in...

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ISIS and Street Gangs Show Us Primal Instincts in Their Truly Ugly and Primal Forms

August 9, 2015 10:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Our basic instincts to divide the world into us and them and to do cruel and evil things to people we perceive to be “Them” can be seen in very ugly forms in both our street gangs and in the ISIS movement that is gathering membership and supporters in multiple settings. The books Primal Pathways, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace all...

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The Learning Gaps Continue — We need to Act Now

August 7, 2015 10:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The most recent learning ability scores for Minnesota school children showed that gaps between white students and Hispanic, African American, and Native American children continue at unacceptable levels. Seventy percent of the white children are reading at age appropriate levels compared to less than 40 percent of the children from the other groups. Those gaps are not due to race or ethnicity or even the...

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Walk 30 Minutes a Day To Increase InterGroup Trust And Improve Everyone’s Health

April 24, 2015 5:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Intergroup trust can be increased when people in any setting work together in a clearly collaborative way toward the achievement of a common goal. To create intergroup peace in our communities, we need people in each of our communities to be working together in intentional ways toward common goals that unite us and give us better lives. We need to carefully select areas where we...

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The First Three Years Are Golden and Essential Years For Avoiding Jail

April 24, 2015 5:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The relationship between minority status and being imprisoned is clear. So is the link between not being able to read and going to jail. Sixty percent of our prisoners — from all groups — either read poorly or cannot read at all. More than 85 percent of the children in the juvenile justice system in this country either read poorly or cannot read at all....

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