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.
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.
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We conclude our series on living with anxiety with three segments on different topics related to the subject. First up is a conversation with philosophy professor Peter Hallward about the connection between anxiety and existentialism. Then author and book reviewer Reeve Lindbergh discusses Susan Cain’s take on introversion in the 2013 book Quiet. We close with a comparative review of apps for reducing anxiety by Rob McGinley Myers of the blog Anxious Machine.
Ten-year-old Maiya takes us into the world of childhood phobias, describing what it was like to live with overwhelming anxiety about sickness, and how she found help. Now she is creating a website of fear-reducing games to help other kids who suffer with anxiety.
Musician and educator Monica talks about how the intense insomnia that began in her 40’s led her to a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She talks about several habits, including skin picking and intrusive violent thoughts, that suddenly made sense after this diagnosis, and about the combination of medication and therapy that has allowed her to sleep better and live with less anxiety.