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Afraid of expressing your beliefs unapologetically? Here’s a strategy to help you overcome your fear

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Written by Karlyn Borysenko

The focus of my life since 2012 was to bring sanity back to the work environment, because I believe we spend so much time at work that we shouldn’t be miserable. I have an MBA and a PhD in psychology, specializing in industrial/organizational psychology. I have my own practice - Zen Workplace - where I integrate organizational psychology and positive psychology with mindfulness techniques to help make work better. I’m also the Chief Science Officer of RallyBright, where I work to build high-performing, resilient teams.But that’s not how most people know me. Most people know me as a (now former) Democrat of 20 years who went to a Trump rally. The article I wrote about my experience went viral and garnered 3 million views in the first week. I was featured by Fox News, Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, and on dozens of radio shows, podcasts, and YouTube videos.

Comments

  1. I appreciate the pep talk, Karlyn. One situation where it's difficult to "not care what others think" is when you have young adult children who have bought into the radical SJW stuff. With the events of the last few weeks, this has extended deeply into the Christian subculture, including many young Christians I know (yes including my own children).

  2. I don't always agree with your point of view but I appreciate your perspective and take it to heart. Your perspective has opened my eyes and I understand the left more. Thank you for opening my eyes. I look forward to watching your videos.

  3. it's pretty funny, i've absolutely had those moments even 15 years ago in college of making counter-statements and having people come up afterwards, post the meeting, post the class, etc. and saying "thanks for saying what i've been thinking"

  4. I think people are more afraid of losing their jobs. We need leaders who won't cave. If our leaders allow free speech and don't bow to PC crap, people would feel more free to express themselves.

  5. Karlyn, I love and appreciate your perspective. As a very conservative person, I appreciate your ability to understand the world conservatives live in, and the fact that you care enough to call us out on certain behaviors and attitudes. I definitely do not agree with you on everything, but having more people with your heart and attitude would be a huge benefit to our society and culture. Thank you!

  6. I am in nyc IE: liberal HELL. I still consider myself liberal but not this insane screaming extremist crap. I have tried to gently ask questions that make sense (to a normal brain lol) and even THAT gets the side eye and “WHAT ARE YOU A TRUMP SUPPORTER NOW?” It is absolutely insane. Absolutely anything that challenges them is met with crazy hostility and suspicion. I am immediately a NAZI BAD PERSON if I express any beliefs or views that stray from the script and it is so draining and frustrating it’s not worth the constant feeling of being judged and attacked.

  7. You are really doing a Great Service. I was knowing there was something unnatural about my niece and younger cousins behavior, their “speak” and (no) thought process. Please keep discussing the SJW mindset and how others can work with or present thought provoking facts to these damaged women and men.

  8. Ok, I mean, yes, you can't control the reactions, but you can mitigate potential negative reactions. If I live in an area where I believe I will be the victim of violence if I put a particular sticker on my car, it really does behoove me to take that into consideration before I put the sticker on…

  9. I am sorry there were angry conservatives commenting on your previous video. As a conservative myself, I APPRECIATE your perspective. You have really helped me understand my liberal friends. Thank you for this life metric. I plan to incorporate this into my life. ??♥️??

  10. I'm trying to launch a new business and it terrifies me to speak out because I'll get "canceled" before I even get started. But I'm biting my tongue in half trying to keep the peace. I hate cowering, because that's no peace either. It's exhausting.

  11. I'm an independent and on the autism spectrum. Twitter is where I found most of the so-called community. It is almost completely made up of hardcore SJWs (some that I am friends with and love and respect very much). The more I connected, the more my mental health declined. I've been targeted in the community for my religious beliefs, outright bullying excused because they wouldn't do it if I was "nicer." (I never even talked to these people?!) Constant hatred and anger. True bigotry, as only maybe two people out of a sea of users thought I was worth existing on the planet because they couldnt tolerate me having different beliefs and views. I had become anxious about anyone knowing anything about me other than autism because I was scared they would just turn on me. The moment I decided that there will always be something and I AM allowed to have different views or beliefs without being equivalent to human garbage, I have felt a huge weight come off my shoulders. I deleted the app from my phone and I am disengaging with a lot of the so-called advocacy circles that seem more concerned with "exposing" everyone than actually helping. I am trying to remember that I am allowed to be who I am and if I continue to stand, maybe some others will have the courage to do the same instead of hiding the way we are pressured to online.

  12. No offense, but saying that people on the right don't want to/can't hear criticism is a really broad brush to paint with. It seems like an extension of the generic criticism of a stereotype you expect to see from one of Don Lemon's guests. Sure those people exist but they're not the majority.

  13. Dr. KB, I haven’t watched very many of your videos but I watched one recently where you talked about the physiology of being angry all the time and the cycle you create with hormones..referencing Tim pools podcast. I realized this was 100% me not in the SJW aspect (I never really was one) but just in life. I made a promise in that moment work on changing. And now watching this, it is totally realizing what I was contributing to how I felt about situations. It’s been about a week and it’s challenging, but I’m noticing differences. Just thank you for the way you break things down.

  14. I wish I'd known this back when I had a job in a toxic environment in '17/'18. A VERY vocal minority (about 10%, like you said) pretty much ran me out. My anxiety was so bad that for the first time in my life I threw up every morning before going in. Thanks for the advice, Karlyn. I've wanted to work on my strength to stand up, even when I feel alone.

  15. I will just throw out there that I don't get into eastern mysticism, but I do agree with a lot of what you said. I'm a Christian Pentecostal living in a sort of Baptist family. Up until some time ago, I was voicing my beliefs about divine healing, tongues, etc. On facebook to see if anyone would understand the biblical basis for it. As expected, i was ripped apart not by atheists but by other Christian's. I lost some friends and even had to walk out of a comic art job because i wasn't allowed to have my own beliefs. A few people stood with me, but the pressure was so great and I was starting to lose my cool with my detractors that I decided to stop voicing my beliefs. It wasn't any easier at home where I have also clammed up.

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