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X105: Protecting Minds, Nurturing Freedom: Parenting, Extremism, and the Power of Values with Emily Bashah

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Is it just me, or does the world seem to be more polarized than ever? In the age of information, there is so much at our fingertips that we can go down a rabbit hole and find extremes in practically any direction. So, how do we stay open to exploring different ways of thinking without getting wrapped up in extremism and exclusivity?

Furthermore, how can we foster open-mindedness and critical thinking in our children, especially in the face of cancel culture and ideological polarization?

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into addictive ideologies, radicalization, and the impact of cultural influences on children. From the importance of self-awareness and seeking inner truth to navigating parenting challenges, this episode offers a profound exploration of the human psyche and the quest for personal and societal empowerment. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of psychological resilience, values, and the complexities of guiding and protecting young minds.

Our guest is Emily Bashah, a renowned psychologist and co-author of the book “Addictive Ideologies: Finding Meaning and Agency When Politics Fail You.” With a background in forensic and clinical psychology, she works with therapy clients and evaluates individuals in prisons and courts. Her interest in growing extremism stems from personal experience, as her parents survived religious persecution in Iraq. Together with her husband, she explores the mindset and factors that lead to mass genocides, drawing from global examples and her own family’s history.

We Will Learn

  • How addictive ideologies and extremism can erode individual agency.
  • How to engage with individuals who hold different views while maintaining a critical lens to prevent manipulation.
  • Why seeking inner truth, self-awareness, and resilience are essential for navigating the complexities of parenting.


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