Working with Jealousy

This week our series on hidden feelings continues with jealousy. We’ll hear two stories from people who have experienced jealousy in their professional lives, from the kind of jealousy that makes you feel inferior, to the kind that makes you want to disappear. We explore where it comes from and how to change our relationship to it.

The Bite of Conscience

Today we continue our series on hidden feelings with an in-depth examination of guilt.  I speak with Stanford professor of psychiatry and human biology Herant Katchadourian, author of the book Guilt: The Bite of Conscience, about the urge to confess our guilt, how it can be used as a weapon, and how we can know whether we feel too much of it or too little.  He explains a time-tested five step process for resolving our guilty feelings, and also passes on some Buddhist camping wisdom. A surprisingly fun conversation!

Wabanaki History in Maine

To begin our series on the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I talk with Maria Girouard and Esther Attean about the history of federal and state policies toward Native Americans here in Maine.  We focus on the many attempts throughout the years to erase Wabanaki people and their culture, including the practice of removing native children from their homes.

 

Race and Place part 2

In part two of our conversation, anthropologist and social work student Natasha Wilson talks about how, as a black woman in mostly-white schools and workplaces, she felt shunned and avoided, which made it harder to deal with other adversity in her life.  She also talks about how these experiences have inspired her research on Post-Traumatic Growth.

Race and Place

We begin a new series on racism in Maine with a conversation with Natasha Wilson, who moved to Maine in 2012 following the tragic death of two of her brothers.  She talks about how her experience of racism has been shaped by the different places she’s lived, and how she was unprepared for the alienation and hostility she has experienced in overwhelmingly white states like Iowa and Maine.  We also discuss the history and underpinnings of white privilege and the idea of whiteness as a social construct.

To read the article by “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” byPeggy McIntosh that is referenced in this conversation, we recommend that you email the author directly at mmcintosh@wellesley.edu to request a free copy.