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Recommended E-H Event: The Polarized Mind and What We Can Do About It

April 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

$25 – $150

Hosted by CPA Annual Convention 2021 -Virtual-

Workshop Presented by: Kirk Schneider, PhD, PSY

The polarized mind is the fixation on a single point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view and is one of the chief bases for personal and interpersonal destructiveness. Dr. Schneider will explain how this is one of the most pressing problems today, and will discuss and demonstrate a conflict mediation approach aimed at depolarizing the polarized mind. This approach, which is a synthesis of his work with the group process format of “Braver Angels USA” as well as the phenomenologically based “experiential democracy dialogue,” has been shown to stem stereotyping and bolster human civility.

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to

1.  Define the “polarized mind.”

2. Describe two phases of the Experiential Democracy Dialogue.

3. Apply two skills from the Experiential Democracy Dialogue to their clinical or counseling practices.


Kirk J. Schneider, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is the current president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), Council Member of the American Psychological Association (APA), past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the APA, recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. He has published over 200 articles, interviews, and chapters and has authored or edited 13 books including The Polarized Mind, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution, and Depolarizing of America. 

Demonstration Partners

Psychoanalyst Dr. Michael Donner, PhD & Cognitive-Behaviorist Dr. Paul Marcille, PhD



April 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
$25 – $150
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California Psychological Association