We’re living in one of the most divided times in our country’s history since the period that preceded the Civil War. It seems that more and more we have less and less in common as a country. We’re divided into red states and blue states and increasingly we shop, eat and play in different places depending on our political and moral values. Then comes the holidays! Thanksgiving, Hannakuh, Christmas, New Years…The holidays keep coming and we’re often stuck in more diverse settings than we’re used to with in-laws, uncles and cousins we’re glad we rarely see. What happens when small talk turns to heated arguments over hot button issues? For help in understanding these tense moments and what they tell us about the human condition we turn to the work of Jonathan Haidt. Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His academic specialization is the psychology of morality and the moral emotions.