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CSUSB psychology professor offers tips on having difficult conversations with close friends
July 2, 2019

The lifestyle website included Kelly Campbell, CSUSB professor of psychology and nationally recognized expert on relationships, in an article about having difficult conversations with close friends.

To sidestep any gaffes, try practicing what you want to say beforehand so you can nail the tone. “The manner in which the message is delivered can make a world of difference,” says Campbell.

If there’s been a conflict or problem that needs to be addressed as part of the request for space, she says to be careful not to resort to blame, criticism, or a bringing up a laundry list of past grievances. “Oftentimes issues arise from simple misunderstandings, so seeking clarity from the friend is important,” Campbell says. Stay focused on what you need, and don’t assume the worst.

Read the complete article at “How to ask a close friend for more space.”

CSUSB professor called upon to help dispel viral false social media post about Antifa violence in Washington, D.C.
Lead Stories
July 2, 2019

The fact-checking website turned to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, to shoot down a false viral social media post that claimed left-wing extremist known as the Antifa planned on launching an attack in Washington, D.C. on the July Fourth holiday.

Levin, who closely monitors threats on each side, says while he expects counter protests in Washington, there is no evidence of a violent plot:

“Many local Antifa chapters from around the country are planning to counter protest, and those events sometimes turn violent, but there are no confirmed reports of violent plots. Frequently in the run up to these protests violent rhetoric is often drummed up by both Antifa and their antagonists, and sometimes by imposters.”

False news reports about violent plans are dangerous, he says. “These kinds of incendiary statements inflame an already polarized political landscape and routinely give credence to rumors around these events, that later prove unsubstantiated, like those about last weekend Portland Antifa protestors being armed with 'cement' infused weaponized milkshakes.”

Read the complete article at “Fake news: Antifa NOT planning chemical attack in Washington D.C.

CSUSB professor among experts explaining who make up the ‘antifa’
WRCB TV (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
July 2, 2019

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, is quoted with other experts in extremism in an article that explains who the left-wing extremists known as Antifa (anti-fascists) are and their ideology.
Modern-day members of Antifa have become more active in making themselves known at public rallies and within the progressive movement, said Levin

'What they're trying to do now is not only become prominent through violence at these high-profile rallies, but also to reach out through small meetings and through social networking to cultivate disenfranchised progressives who heretofore were peaceful,' Levin said.

Read the complete article at “What you need to know about Antifa.”

Mariam’s Monday Commentaries: A eulogy for brothers we lost on June 22, 2019, in Ethiopia
July 2, 2019

In his column, Alemayehu G. Mariam, CSUSB professor emeritus of political science, wrote about an attack and attempted coup in Ethiopia on June 22.

He wrote: “It would be an understatement for me to say what happened on June 22 2019, in Bahr Dar, Amhara region of Ethiopia and in Addis Ababa has caused me deep sorrow and anguish. Words fall short in expressing my regrets.

“On June 22, 2019, we lost some of our best and brightest political and military leaders in a hail of bullets at the hands of misguided gunmen.

“It was a senseless act of political violence reminiscent of Ethiopia’s ‘Dark Ages,’ the last 27 years.”

Read the complete article at “Mariam’s Monday Commentaries: A eulogy for brothers we lost on June 22, 2019, in Ethiopia.”

CSUSB psychology professor explains why keeping an ex on LinkedIn signals an impersonal connection
July 3, 2019

Keeping an ex connected on LinkedIn can serve as a way to signal to them that they are no longer part of your personal life, said Kelly Campbell, professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino.

“By keeping an ex as a contact on a professional site, you are sending a message that it’s how you now view them, which equates them with other professional/impersonal connections,” said Campbell, whose research focuses on couple relationships and friendships. “You are sending a message about their new status, conveying: ‘You are no longer allowed in my personal space, we will relate to each other using business norms (e.g., impersonal, cold, transactional).’”

Read the complete article at “Why LinkedIn is the only social network that survives breakups.”

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