Beyond Beliefs

A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters


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Imprint: Lantern Publishing & Media
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260 Pages


6 x 9



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Lantern Publishing & Media


  • Author Melanie Joy

    Melanie Joy, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in the psychology of oppression and social transformation and in relationships. She is a long-time advocate for justice, and was a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, for 11 years, where she taught courses on privilege and oppression, feminist psychology, psychological trauma, and animal rights. Her work has helped explain why individuals and institutions engage in behaviours that harm other people, animals, the planet, and themselves—as well as how to change this pattern.   Joy is the award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows and Getting Relationships Right, and she’s the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award—previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela—for her work on global nonviolence. She is also an internationally recognized speaker and trainer who’s presented her work in 50 countries across six continents, and she’s the founding president of the charitable organization Beyond Carnism. You can learn more about her work at  

“Vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters can feel like they’re living in different worlds. Many vegans and vegetarians struggle to feel understood and respected in a meat-eating culture, where some of their most pressing concerns and cherished beliefs are invisible, and where they are often met with defensiveness when they try to talk about the issue. They can become frustrated and struggle to feel connected with meat eaters. And meat eaters can feel disconnected from vegans and vegetarians whose beliefs they don’t fully understand and whose frustration may spill over into their interactions. The good news is that relationship and communication breakdown among vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters is not inevitable, and it is reversible. With the right tools, healthy connections can be cultivated, repaired, and even strengthened. In Beyond Beliefs, internationally recognized food psychology expert and longtime relationship coach Dr. Melanie Joy provides easy-to-understand, actionable advice so you can: • Learn the principles and tools for creating healthy relationships • Understand how to communicate about even the most challenging topics effectively • Recognize how the psychology of being vegan/vegetarian or of being a meat eater affects your relationships with others, and with yourself “
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