The Alun Parry Podcast – Ep 07 – Talking With The “Enemy”

Alun Parry Podcast

Have you ever hated someone because of their political beliefs?  Have you ever dismissed people as “idiots” because they see the world differently from you? Maybe you even brand them as bad people – lacking something morally?

Be honest, how many friends do you have who hold political beliefs that are the polar opposite to you? Doesn’t your Facebook News Feed just echo back your own view to you?

I realise that I don’t have any friends on the Right of the political spectrum. I hang out with people who share my views and values. Comfortable, huh!

In this episode, I’m deliberately talking to someone whose politics are the opposite of my own. Shannon Whittington lives in the United States. She is a libertarian from the Right of the political spectrum. I’m in the UK and on the  Left.

I spoke to Shannon to see if we could have a conversation about politics that remained friendly and non judgemental. Could we stay connected to the needs and feelings behind our respective world views? Could we have that rare thing – a human conversation about contentious issues without seeing each other as “the enemy”?

Did we manage it? Listen in and find out.

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Alun Parry is Director of The Liverpool Psychotherapy Practice


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