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Current Events


Our Presidential Candidates

An AI-Integrated Emotional Wellness Perspective



As the stage is set for the upcoming presidential election, a question echoes across America: “With the brilliant minds in our nation, why do we feel limited in our choices for leaders of the free world?” This collective sentiment, a blend of disappointment, confusion, and a yearning for change resonates with many Americans.


AI-Integrated Emotional Wellness (AIEW) tools, such as sentiment analysis algorithms, have been instrumental in gauging this public opinion. Data suggests that a significant portion of the population is often frustrated by the perceived lack of suitable candidates. This frustration stems from the dichotomy between the ideal and the real. We envision an ideal leader with integrity, intelligence, and vision. However, real-world candidates often fall short of this ideal, leading to widespread disappointment. Another contributing factor is the polarized nature of politics, which often leaves voters feeling cornered into choosing the “lesser of two evils.”


AIEW can play a critical role in mitigating this frustration by providing platforms, such as chatbots, for people to express and understand their emotions—promoting empathy and understanding and aiding in decision-making. AI tools can offer unbiased information about the candidates, helping individuals make informed decisions that resonate with their values and beliefs.


The frustration surrounding the presidential candidates is a complex emotional response to a multifaceted issue. While it can’t be resolved overnight, AIEW offers tools and perspectives that can help us navigate these emotional currents with empathy and understanding.


The National Center for Emotional Wellness

A Plea to the Media: Please, Turn Off the Spotlight

An AI-Integrated Emotional Wellness Perspective



Today, we find ourselves once again confronted with the face of an alleged killer, prominently displayed on front-page news and widely circulated on social media. Our hearts go out to those affected by the alleged perpetrator’s actions. Yet, it’s disheartening to see the media repeatedly casting the spotlight on the alleged offender.


In our technologically advanced society, various platforms such as internet news sites, online magazines, social media, streaming television, and radio serve as an indelible “stage” for dangerous and disturbed individuals to perform.


I respectfully urge the media to acknowledge the potential harm caused by focusing excessive attention on the faces of alleged perpetrators and their actions. Such coverage can contribute to an increase in violent acts and threats.


The time has come to shift our focus toward the victims and their families, mental health issues, and the broader topic of violence. We must turn off the spotlight on malevolent behavior, refraining from inadvertently glorifying or reinforcing such conduct.


To those whose lives have been profoundly affected by this alleged serial killer, you are in our thoughts. Let us remember them, not the ones who caused their suffering.



Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.

Chairman, The National Center for Emotional Wellness



The National Center for Emotional Wellness

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