A More Just Future: Psychological Tools for Reckoning with Our Past and Driving Social Change
A revolutionary, evidence-based guide for developing resilience and grit to confront our whitewashed history and build a better future—in the vein of Think Again and Do Better.
The racial fault lines of our country have been revealed in stark detail as our national news cycle is flooded with stories about the past. If you are just now learning about the massacre in Tulsa, the killing of Native American children in compulsory “residential schools” designed to destroy their culture, and the incarceration of Japanese Americans, you are not alone. The seeds of today’s inequalities were sown in past events like these. The time to unlearn the whitewashed history we believed was true is now.
If we close our eyes to our history, we cannot make the systemic changes needed to mend our country. Today’s challenges began centuries ago and have deepened and widened over time. To take the path to a more just future, we must not ignore the damage but see it through others’ eyes, bear witness to it, and uncover its origins. As historians share these truths, we will need psychologists to help us navigate the shame, guilt, disbelief, and resistance many of us feel.
Dolly Chugh, award-winning professor of social psychology and author of the acclaimed The Person You Mean to Be, gives us the psychological tools we need to grapple with the truth of our country. Through heartrending personal histories and practical advice, Chugh invites us to dismantle the systems built by our forbearers and work toward a more just future.
Praise for A More Just Future: Psychological Tools for Reckoning with Our Past and Driving Social Change
“Dolly Chugh is the wisest and warmest of behavioral scientists. Let her show you how to unpack your own mistaken assumptions about our past so that our unconditional love for our nation can coexist with unflinching honesty. Patriotism need not be simplistic to be idealistic. This book is a welcome and urgent invitation to open our eyes to the past and become better ancestors today.”
— Angela Duckworth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit
“If you too are feeling the call to be more brave, more active, and more just…then this is the book you've been looking for.”
— Michael Bungay Stanier, bestselling author of The Coaching Habit and How to Begin
“This is one of the most moving and important behavioral science books of the last decade.”
— Katy Milkman, Wharton Business School professor and bestselling author of How to Change
“This is the thoughtful and brilliant work we’ve all been waiting for that will help readers grapple with our legacy of systemic racism—both past and present. A More Just Future expertly provides readers with indispensable practical and evidence-based tools to overcome the psychological barriers that impede us from truly reckoning with injustice.”
— Uché Blackstock, MD, founder of Advancing Health Equity and Author of Legacy
“In the Japanese art of kintsugi, artisans take broken pottery and restore it by sealing the cracks with precious metals. In this instant classic, Chugh teaches us her version of that art to address our own fractured national history. Instead of ignoring cracks or discarding shards, she shows us how to restore the past in a way that makes the future feel all the more startling and precious. This book is required reading for all patriots who love their country enough to see its wounds—and heal them.”
— Kenji Yoshino, author of Covering and Say the Right Thing
“Even as a student of this field, I found myself underlining and highlighting passages on every page. Dolly Chugh gets to the very heart of what is preventing progress and loosens those bonds gently and with deep humanity. This book is grounded in solid research and lived experience, but also in empathy. Absolutely everyone who reads it will find useful advice on how to be a better person.”
— Celeste Headlee, PBS host, award-winning journalist, and author of We Need to Talk and Speaking of Race
“A vulnerable, compassionate, and pragmatic psychological guide to facing the darkest corners of America’s past.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Marked by its authenticity and sense of encouragement, this is a welcome look at how the average person can help fulfill America’s promise.”
— Publishers Weekly