People of all backgrounds and allegiances eventually find themselves trying to balance standing out with fitting in. Gathering with others who are similar to us often creates connections and compassion, yet we also have multiple identities. We maintain an idea of our own uniqueness, and a consistent sense of self, with the ways in which we act based on different situations. Dr. Dominic Packer spoke with us about how we draw strength and comfort from both our sameness and our distinctiveness.
Dominic Packer, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University researching how people’s identities affect conformity and dissent, racism and ageism, solidarity, health, and leadership. He is the co-author of the recently released book, The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony.
Next week, on Tuesday, February 8 at 2:00 PM EST, we will be speaking with Dr. David Zvi Kalman, who is Director of New Media at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he researches Jewish law, the history of technology, technology and ethics, material culture, and Islamic jurisprudence.