Susan G. Bednar, LCSW

Speaking Indirectly

Speaking Indirectly

Speaking indirectly means communicating in a style in which much is said through innuendo or vague suggestion rather than being stated explicitly.  Indirect comments may be used to check someone’s reaction to a potentially touchy subject, to soften a request…

Runaway Polarization

Runaway Polarization

Do you find runaway group polarization disturbing?  So do I. The term “group polarization” describes a well-known phenomenon in which a group of relatively homogeneous individuals tends to make more extreme decisions as a group than they would have made…

Who is Your Scapegoat?

Who is Your Scapegoat?

Scapegoating is a very common interpersonal process—one you’ve undoubtedly witnessed throughout your life: in your family, at work or at school, and in your community. Actually, you have probably participated in this process as well, although you may have denied…