De-humanization

The stories we tell about ourselves change the way others see us, treat us, and ultimately, how we see and treat ourselves. Stories are power. "   Read more

Storytelling for Change

Excerpts:

"Dehumanization is a specific psychological process in which people are conditioned to perceive members of a target group as undeserving of basic human rights, and dehumanization is rooted in language—in the stories that we hear and tell about each other. Read more

"Overall, the experts I spoke to all said that the No. 1 way to combat dehumanization is also, frustratingly, one of the hardest to accomplish: simply getting to know people who are different from us.

It’s hard because we have many opportunities — via the news and social media — to get the thin-slice exposure to unfamiliar groups that activates the us-versus-them program in our brains. And we have so few opportunities to do the hard work of breaking through those first impressions and getting to know the human soul inside." --Vox 

From the press
 

 "The more that we make the political personal and show people and characters and invoke empathy, then I feel like we can move the needle and try to change things,” Urman said. “That was the hope: that you would fall in love with the characters and you would get attached to Alba, and then you would understand the difficulties she was facing and the hard choices when was facing and what she was up against in her journey to get documentation.”
 

She added, “I think it’s easy to write off an idea. It’s not easy to write off a person.” --NBC

 

Recommended Reading

Less Than Human by David Livingstone Smith Excerpt available here