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Twisting the Plot

Nov 9, 2021

Here’s a question to ponder. “Can you love yourself in a hostile world?”

This is the question Dr. Thema asks on this week’s podcast.

“We have to shift the individual, but we also have to shift the world in which the individual is living, so that we’re not constantly having to push back against these messages but that we can change the larger story, that we’re all worthy and deserving.”

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a psychologist, a professor at Pepperdine University, a minister, a dancer, and a slam poet.

She is the director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the fields of trauma, human trafficking, the psychology of women and anti-racism.

She is also the President Elect of The American Psychological Association. 

And the host of The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema. 

In this conversation Dr. Thema talks about the many plot twists in her personal and professional life. She delineates the intersection of ageism, sexism, and racism. She speaks about her calling to the ministry and her belief in the role of the arts in communal healing. Finally, she articulates her thoughts about the profession and practice of psychology.

She even gifts us with a poem.

Take a listen.  We were blown away.


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