Talking points: truth, social media, relationships, men, culture

Phew! Mark and I covered about a million things this episode, but that’s what happens when you’ve been friends for over a decade. There’s an overarching theme though: getting caught up in narratives, and how that actually fractures our ability to stay relational and kind to people. Dig in for this very wide-ranging conversation.

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(00:00:00) – Why men a seen as the problem in our current society, and how social media plays into that narrative
(00:14:42) – Balancing our perception of what men and women each bring to the table
(00:27:59) – How Mark approaches charged topics and binary thinking
(00:43:07) – Dehumanizing is easier thanks to social media, and how to stay relational
(00:58:06) – Acknowledging complexity, and intersubjective reality

Mark Groves is the founder of Create The Love. His own rock bottom – a relationship ending – sparked his lifelong journey to turn his mess into his message. Today, Mark is a human connection specialist, speaker, writer, motivator, creator, connector and collaborator. All. The. Things. As a bridge between the academic and the human, Mark invites people to explore the good, bad, downright ugly, and beautiful sides of connection.

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