Why are liberals so flighty, and unwilling to take a clear stand on anything?

Why are conservatives so fearful, and seemingly need clarity on everything?

It’s so frustrating.

If you just got rid of one or the other (certainly the opposite of whatever group you’re in!), things would be so much easier and so much better. Right?

You could get all the fantastic projects done that you want to get done, right liberals?

You could bring all the stability and safety we need to this world, right conservatives?

Wouldn’t that be amazing, if you could get everyone who disagrees with you politically to agree with you?

It would fix all our problems, wouldn’t it?

Turns out it wouldn’t. Liberals and conservatives, you’re both wrong.

Or you’re both right.

Or whatever.

This video is one of the most fascinating things I have ever seen. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains the true underlying differences between liberals and conservatives, based on his own research, and the research of others. It is almost disarmingly fair. Whether you consider yourself liberal, conservative, or something else, you will likely hear yourself represented here, and you will learn so much about yourself.

This video left me with the question, “Great, now what do I do with this?”

Maybe that’s exactly what Haidt intended.

I love this sketch, and I’m not sure how I missed it for as long as I did. It’s hilarious.

Still, it sums up pretty well what a lot of people think about counseling. That it’s little more than finding out what people are doing wrong and telling them to cut it out.

Worse yet, some people think this is what counseling should look like.

“Will you just tell my husband/wife to pull it together?”

“What they did was wrong! You’re going to tell them that, right?”

These presume people don’t usually already know when they’re wrong and, if not, that there is immediate value in telling them so.

No time or inclination to get up on a soapbox about this today — the point was to post this funny video for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Suffice to say, that’s not what counseling looks like — at least not when it’s done well!