The ZFG LIVING PODCAST

Episode 66 - The "They" files: exposing the truth about "them"

Explore the nuanced landscape of human opinions and experiences in this episode focusing on the concept of ‘othering.’ Mel uncovers how binary thinking limits us and how embracing a spectrum of perspectives can enrich our understanding and improve our day-to-day interactions.

‘Othering’ is a phenomenon where differences between people are exaggerated to justify unequal treatment. Her presentation highlights how such thinking permeates from playgrounds to political arenas, often fueled by sensationalist media. She explores the emotional satisfaction derived from being ‘right’ and the dangers of binary thinking, which simplifies complex human dynamics into black and white. Mel’s narrative encourages curiosity and empathy, urging you to consider multifaceted perspectives and recognize our shared human experiences.

This concept is so relevant and applicable to the times we live in! You’ll want to listen to this episode more than once, and then share it with friends as a basis for discussion…

Some questions Mel addresses include: 

  • What is ‘othering’ and how does it impact societal interactions?
  • How does binary thinking affect our perception of justice and fairness?
  • In what ways can embracing a spectrum of opinions enhance personal and collective growth?
  • What role does the media play in perpetuating the divide through sensationalism?
  • How can understanding and empathy counteract the negative impacts of ‘othering’?



Every one of us is a villain to someone else and a hero in our own story: because (only) we know how we came to be.   ~ Mel Trumble

Hey, if you’ve been struggling, go ahead and book a call with me today! Let’s kick that inner critic to the curb together…

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