Book Review: “The Polarized Mind” by Kirk Schneider

If you are interested in reading one of the latest contributions to the field of existential psychology seek no further than Kirk Schneider’s The Polarized Mind: Why It’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. In it, Schneider shows what a school shooter, corporate swindler, and a bull-headed ideologue have in common to elaborate on his idea of the “polarized mind.” The polarized mind, he poses, is the fixation on one point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view, and it has been killing us for millennia. Drawing from a foundation in existential psychology, Schneider details the basis for the polarized mind: how it has been ravaging leaders and their cultures throughout history, and steps we urgently need to take to address the problem. Combining contemporary insights with centuries of cross-cultural, awe-inspired wisdom, Schneider offers solutions to this worldwide problem. Click here to read a brief article drawn from Schneider’s book to get a little taste of the larger text.


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