Magazine article Psychology Today

On Deflecting Toxic People

Magazine article Psychology Today

On Deflecting Toxic People

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Inevitably, confides philosopher Aaron Ben-Zeév, former president of the University of Haifa, Israel, intellectuals are not above toxic behavior. "Their meanness can be hidden under seemingly academic considerations." In the spirit of "set a thief to catch a thief," he reports, "I recruited the faculty culprits, approaching the very people known for their toxicity and asking them to join me in making the university a pleasant place. Most complied. Like other affective states, pleasantness is contagious. A leading thinker on affective states, Ben-Zeév, former chair of Haifa's philosophy department and current president of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions, writes in this issue about mild love ("Mild [Not Wild] Love"). For much of his professional life, he has been exploring the nature of love and the conflict inherent between the absoluteness of romantic ideology and the compromises required for a lifetime of love. …

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