Getting people to talk about their trauma is an essential part of helping people heal. Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung (George Mason University) created Counselors Without Borders and use talk therapy in their relief work following disasters in Thailand, Myanmar, Haiti and New Orleans. Also featured:A new study finds that widows and widowers experience less emotional and physical pain than their married, divorced, or single counterparts. Jim Wade (Virginia Commonwealth University) says these findings speak to the strength of the human spirit to develop psychological strength after misfortune. And: Many parents push their biracial children to one race group or another in an attempt to help them “fit in.” Kristen Nugent (Longwood University) finds that experiencing multicultural family and community groups is supremely important in developing a strong sense of self-esteem in biracial children.
Later in the show: The End of Men Figuring out how to behave as a man in America is ever more difficult. Real American men, so the narrative goes, are disappearing. David Magill (Longwood University) explores the myths and realities of the male crisis. Also featured: As an English teacher in Atlanta, Joseph Jones (Radford University) recognized the damaging effects of homophobia among students in his classroom. He now wants to help other teachers address bullying. His book is Making Safe Places Unsafe: A Discussion of Homophobia with Teachers.
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