Speaking Topics Presented at
Your Location or Virtually
Overlooked Beginnings of Racism
Racism is certainly an emotional and behavioral problem. The expanded movement to subdue it resulting from the death of George Floyd is a hopeful sign. We need contributions from many sources and perspectives to make significant progress.
A vital factor in this effort is to increase awareness of early adverse psychological experiences. They can influence later attitudes toward people of different races. What are these experiences? What do they have in common?
What long-term psychological effects of these experiences should concern us about possible tendencies toward racism? How can we prevent the development of racist attitudes?
This speaking program uncovers long ignored factors that build a foundation for potential racism. The program then describes how we can develop love and compassion.
- Understand why racism continues generation after generation and how to break this pattern.
- Learn to include compassion when communicating about racism.
- Discover unrecognized political action that can reduce the development of racism.
- Expand your influence and effectiveness by using what you learn.
- Give your life more meaning and purpose.
- Recognize the connections between early adverse experiences and cultural beliefs and values.
- Create other personal and social benefits.
Prevent Violence by Confronting Its Origins
Every tragic American murder is a symptom of a larger problem. We are one of the most violent developed countries in the world. For example, one out of four women will be assaulted by a partner in adulthood.
What part of the problem lies with the environment and what part lies with the antisocial individual? Are violent people born or made? Do events that occur before we can remember matter? What is our natural behavior and what affects it?
This speaking program explores these questions, our society’s attitude toward human nature, and what that means for individual and social development.
Animal and infant experiments, brain development studies, amazing anecdotes of infant behavior, and practices of other cultures are discussed. Recommendations offered help to create a peaceful society and more.
This surprising information challenges us to question some of our cultural assumptions. Then we can reflect more deeply on who we are and who we can be as individuals and as a society.
- Learn specific principles that can improve the quality of life for your family, friends, and society!
- Understand why the cycle of violence keeps repeating and how to break the cycle.
- Be empowered to question conformity if it does not serve us.
- Feel more compassion for yourself and others!
- Discover political action that can reduce the development of violent behavior.
- Recognize other significant personal and social benefits.
- Connect to others and give your life more meaning and purpose.
Unrecognized Roots of Political Behavior
The current American political climate displays serious challenges. Too often there is a tendency to be drawn to conflict and control rather than cooperation and collaboration. The self-interest of the few frequently outweighs attention to the common interest.
Are controlling tendencies inherent or is experience a greater factor? If experience matters, what experiences contribute to this outcome, and what can we do to improve the outcome?
Such important questions and others are examined, and we are guided to potentially greater cooperation for the common interest and more.
This remarkable information encourages us to look at some of our cultural beliefs and consider more fully our personal and political potential.
- Discover ideas that can improve satisfaction with political experience.
- Recognize what cultural beliefs and values contribute to political conflict.
- Understand why political behavior is difficult to change.
- Realize how to examine cultural assumptions that do not serve us.
- Expand your influence by sharing your new understanding of political behavior with others.
- Create proposals for political action that can reduce the development of political conflict.
“All things are connected.” — Chief Seattle
We have an epidemic of mental health problems in our country including alienation, loneliness, anxiety, suicide, anger, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, attention deficit disorders, and others.
A common response to mental health problems is to take a prescribed medication. This “quick fix” treats symptoms but does not deal with the source of the problems.
If we explore the source then we could use this understanding to take action to reduce the chance of mental health problems. Without this understanding and action, mental health problems continue.
Prevention of mental health problems requires further investigation to uncover the potential source of the problems and make appropriate changes. How this is done is explained.
- Reduce the potential mental health problems in your family, friends, and society.
- Discover ideas that increase compassion for yourself and others.
- Recognize what cultural beliefs and values contribute to mental health problems.
- Learn to question unreliable cultural assumptions.
- Increase your effectiveness by communicating what you learned about mental health problems with others.
- Apply political efforts that can decrease the development of mental health problems.
“When we do not feel, our thinking is affected.”