Worried about delicate topics at the Thanksgiving dinner table?

Patricia Harney, PhD

Patricia Harney, PhD, Cambridge Health Alliance’s Interim Chief of Psychology, recently penned a timely, and thoughtful essay for WBUR/Commonhealth on strategies that folks can use when addressing tricky subjects, especially politics, in mixed company over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Divisions lay at the heart of suffering in this post-election season.  Connection is the only antidote,” writes Dr. Harney.  “While that sounds simple, finding ways to create a sense of connection is not.  My own family, like those of many, is no longer mono-ethnic, mono-religious, mono-political.  For the longest time, I have been moved to see how in three generations, my four Irish and French Canadian immigrant grandparents have peopled a family that is now infused with ties to Judaism and Islam, with grand and great grandchildren who are Indian, Latin, Asian as well as Northern European.”

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Cambridge Health Alliance

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