Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change
MANY FORMS OF ACTIVISM live in the margins of more conventional strategies. These essays broaden our vision of activism to include how the social/political world impacts the inner lives of people, how dialogue across diverse viewpoints can impact hearts and minds, and how psychology can play a role as a social-change agent. Bedrick deconstructs racism by looking at divergent views of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He deconstructs sexism by critiquing the diet industry and the way women feel about their bodies. Bedrick brings this same psychological eye to understanding societal problems (e.g., gun control, addiction), national celebrities (e.g., Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong), and popular psychology’s failure to create sustainable change. Whether used in a classroom, with a friend, or alone, Revisioning Activism provokes critical thinking, feeling, and dialogue. It’s a daring call to empower activism and see ourselves as individuals intimately woven into a web of relationships and social issues.
Talking Back to Dr. Phil
Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology
IN THIS INNOVATIVE BOOK, counselor, coach, educator, and attorney David Bedrick introduces a fresh approach to understanding disturbing feelings and behaviors. Using examples from the television show Dr. Phil, he illustrates mainstream psychology’s tendency to shame people into thinking something is wrong with them. He then debunks many standard protocols and “fixes.” Drawing on provocative insights into such topics as dieting, sex, anger, addictions, domestic violence, and more, Bedrick goes on to present a love-based psychology rooted in the belief that there is profound meaning in our struggles, which can come to light when they are compassionately reframed.