Thriving in the Crosscurrent:

Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change


Eddy Type #1:

Cultural Confusion
What’s happening in my world? I don’t understand it anymore!

Eddy Type #2:

Identity Crisis
Who am I? What does it mean to be me in this crazily spinning world?

Eddy Type #3

Threats to Wealth and Power
It’s all ours. We won’t give up our riches or our control!

Four Deadly Spins:

The Worst of the Worst

Eddy Type #2:

Identity Crisis

“Who am I? What does it mean to be me in this crazily spinning world?”



  • Feeling no “respect” (“What does it mean to be a white man in America anymore?”)

  • Defining oneself in terms of others’ perceived faults (“At least I’m, white, a Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, a woman, a liberal, etc.”)

  • Intolerance (of other religions, ethnic groups, political positions, “elites,” etc.; fundamentalisms of all sorts grow out of identity crisis)

  • Fear and anger (blaming others for my crisis of identity)

  • Finding a new “identity” (in the gang, the mob, the hate group, or the Tea Party)
  • Hyper-chauvinism (“patriotism” out of control)

  • Violence (lashing out at the other who is “to blame” for my existential pain; terrorism finds its roots in identity crisis)

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