Barry Brownstein

Barry Brownstein

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Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership. To receive Barry's essays subscribe at Mindset Shifts.

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Why Wandering Minds Are Unhappy Minds

Have you ever eaten an apple cider doughnut? I hadn’t; but I was craving one. My wife and I were hiking on a beautiful fall day. The first leg of the hike was unrelentingly steep. Sometimes at the beginning of a hike, my mind fills with...

Why the Hell Are Politicians Trying to Run Airlines?

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the incoming Senate minority leader, is angry that United Airlines is planning to charge an overhead bin fee to passengers buying the cheapest economy seats. Consider your customer service experience. Who...

What Spawned Abdul Artan’s Rage?

Abdul Artan was the Somali immigrant who recently terrorized the Ohio State campus. A fellow student described Abdul as “measured and intellectual, not angry or violent.” A friend described him as “sweet and humble” and said Abdul “loved America.”...

3 Reasons We Don’t We Feel More Gratitude for Our Bounty

It is easy to overlook how much we are supported by the world; how little we give and how much we get. My local organic farmer gambled this year with late plantings, and the weather cooperated. In mid-November he picked for us bushels of kale,...

Twitter Doesn’t Realize that Protecting Hate Speech Promotes Tolerance

Does freedom to speak in ways that others consider “offensive” or “hateful” threaten minorities or does it protect minorities? Before you answer, please consider one of the means by which abolitionists sought to change public opinion about slavery...

Our Expectations Are Making Us Miserable

HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm offers a hilarious look at an ego on steroids. In each episode Larry David (co-creator of Seinfeld), playing himself, tries to make himself more comfortable by making the world go his way. In the process he steps over...

What if Your Grievances Are a Fantasy?

Consider this. You wake from a restless night’s sleep. You find yourself thinking about your 2:00 p.m. meeting. A colleague with whom past interactions have been difficult will be there. You vividly remember his sarcastic put down of your idea for a...

We the People Don't Need a President's Plan

Hillary Clinton has a “plan.” I live in a “battleground state” so Clinton shared her plan with me in commercials, over and over and over again, through Saturday afternoon college football. Clinton’s plan is to spend more taxpayer money. Her spending...

Thomas Jefferson could teach Trump about American Greatness

"The American Dream is dead,” Donald Trump has proclaimed. Trump assures us not to worry because he is “gonna make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before." And then comes Trumps’ oft-repeated punchline: “We are going to make America...

Seeing Others as Collectively Evil Is the Root of All Evil

Philip Zimbardo, a former president of the American Psychological Association, observed that the American soldiers who committed atrocities at the Abu Ghraib prison were not inherently evil: “The line between good and evil is permeable. Any of us...

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