Author Archives: Valerie Tarico

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt and Deas and Other Imaginings. Founder -

When Religious Teachings Become Immoral

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Religious teachings that once made sense sometimes become harmful under changing conditions. That can put believers in the awkward position of defending practices—either historical or current—that are now widely perceived to be questionable or even immoral. The Abrahamic religions–Judaism, Christianity … Continue reading

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Valerie Tarico on A Leap of Doubt Podcast with Nathan Dickey

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#014: Cultural Narratives, Political Tribes, & Humanity’s Death Star (feat. Dr. Valerie Tarico)  My guest for this episode is Dr. Valerie Tarico, a psychologist, writer, and social commentator who tackles religious fundamentalism, gender roles, reproductive empowerment, and the intersection of … Continue reading

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What the unborn and the undead have in common

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Religious opposition to abortion is based on a kind of magical thinking much like that in zombie stories. One freakish thing about zombies is that they look like people even though they aren’t. What does it mean to be a … Continue reading

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Political Narrative II: Why Some Progressives Are Tearing Each Other Apart

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Progressives are telling two different stories about the world we live in and the future we are trying to create. In important ways, they clash. Human beings are story tellers. Stories help us make meaning of events around us and … Continue reading

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Political Narrative I: This Simple Idea is the Reactor at the Heart of Humanity’s Death Star

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  Many conservative priorities flow from an ancient narrative built around one planet-busting idea—and progressives sometimes fuel it. This article is the first in a series about political and cultural narrative.   Human beings are story tellers. We make sense … Continue reading

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Satanic Temple “Taking Equality Too Far”

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If you have a society that grants religious privilege and exemption and you’re willing to give privilege and exemption to certain groups, then it’s unacceptable to give that only to people who believe in the supernatural.” – Lucien Greaves, cofounder … Continue reading

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The Broom

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When my book of folktales, Deas and Other Imaginings, was published, a few stories didn’t make it in, either because they seemed different from the rest or were written right after it went to press.  They have been sitting in … Continue reading

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