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Come On, Stop Thinking of that Elephant

Don't Think of an Elephant cover    “Ten years ago, my “Minor Details” column raved about the best book to come out of any political season before or since:
    “Stop whatever you’re doing. Drop whatever you’re reading – even if it’s one of my books. The most important political book of the year is out and it’s a $10 paperback of only 124 pages. (So, you know Bill Clinton didn’t write it.)
    “I thought Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (Metropolitan Books) was the most insightful book of 2004. It’s still number two, but the new book by well-known Berkeley Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, George Lakoff, has trumped it.
    Entitled Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate (Chelsea Green), this popularly written manual with a forward by Howard Dean, is, as the cover says, 'The Essential Guide for Progressives.'
    Ten years later, let me repeat: it was, and still is the essential guide for progressives, especially in its 2014 second, revised edition: The All New Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate ($15.00). So, whether you have or haven't read it before, the latest Democratic disaster in this last election means it should be read now....

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LJWorld.comDr. Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to a
Lawrence Journal World "Faith Forum" question:
"What Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?

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Dr Minor speaking at ASU"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither"

Dr. Minor's keynote address, "Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither," given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on March 9, 2012, is now available in print and online in the Law Journal for Social Justice.

"A lot of very bad arguments take place using the word 'family.' By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods about the history and psychology of families. They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming mythology, and void of what we historians call data. And they are found in every sphere, from religion to politics to law...."

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Mark Karlin: "George Lakoff: In Politics,
Progressive Need to Frame Their Values'"
(November 23, 2014)
"An interview with Professor George Lakoff about his latest effort,The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant!, to convince progressives to 'frame' their political language and appeals based on deep-seated and active values. These are positions and actions that most of the public supports, but absent appropriate 'framing' often vote their fears instead of progressive beliefs. It is necessary to ground a nurturing politics for the common good and core values in language and a moral foundation that appeals - rhetorically and emotionally - to the better selves of voters...."

Read Zoe Wlliams: "George Lakoff: In Politics, Progressives Need to Frame Their Values"

NW PFLAG Leadership WorkshopThe Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit

The Fairness Project is in the process of making available the handout materials from Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen because they encourage activist leadership to proceed from a progressive, healing model which contradicts the models of leadership found in most popular forms, models that are meant to keep the system in place rather than to make changes that support humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.

To access the current materials in The Fairness Project Tool Kit for activist leaders, click here.

Dr. Minor on Love, Dating, and Relationships
A Column at 50
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     "Granted, we all know that people lie to get dates. They especially seem to lie on internet dating sites.
     But lying is much more widespread. One study actually reports that people say they lie in about 25% of all of their everyday interactions.
     And that tells us that many people feel regular pressure to present themselves in a way that they believe will impress others while at the same time fearing that showing who they really are just isn't enough. This is true whether one is in a work environment, at home, or at play.
     We can talk about low self images here. Or we can talk about the exaggerated image expectations that our modern consumerist society places on people. The two are really intertwined.
     That's why the most common reasons given to explain everyday deceptions are to protect oneself from embarrassment, disgrace, or emotional hurt. Another study agrees that people engage in deceptive acts when they feel that it's difficult or even impossible to meet the expectations of another party by just being honest....".

Read more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "Can We Talk Honestly?"

When Religion Is an Addiction
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A refreshingly unique analysis and more effective response to the Christian right-wing in
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