As a psychologist and marriage and family therapist I have long studied and written and taught about the importance of curiosity and problems with certainty for my clients and my students. So, you program on being attentive to to curiosity and assumptions as dialogue is opened up between Jewish and Muslim communities was of particular interest to me.
Curiosity is so crucial in everyday life as well as it being, in my belief, at the core of good psychotherapy. In fact, I and two other colleague wrote a paper on "The temptations of power and certainty" in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy" 16 years ago.
I am attaching a PDF which I use as a handout to my clients and my students. It speaks for itself - and spells out two kinds of curiosity and two kinds of certainty and the relational or systemic implications of each.
Thank you for your thoughtful and engaging program every week. It's a delight and I listen to it as I travel to Sunday services at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Mahtomedi.
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